Wright to direct Ronan, Blanchett in film

March 11, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- British film director Joe Wright is to begin shooting his new adventure thriller "Hanna" in Europe, Focus Features announced Thursday.

Slated to begin working with Wright next week are actresses Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett, as well as actor Eric Bana. The movie is to be shot in Finland, Bavaria, Morocco and Berlin.

Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the movie.

"We're so pleased to reunite with Saoirse and Joe for 'Hanna,' Focus' biggest production yet. With Saoirse taking on such a demanding role opposite Cate and Eric, this movie will be not only breathlessly exciting but also emotionally affecting," Focus Chief Executive Officer James Schamus said in a statement.

Ronan and Wright previously collaborated together on "Atonement."

"Hanna is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Sweden," Focus said in a synopsis of the film.

"Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity."

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