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Daddy's Little Girl... Is a Killer

By TK Burton | Industry | March 15, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | March 15, 2010 |

A few months ago, we reported that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) would be the unlikely director of Hanna, which was described as a sort of Jason Bourne-meets-La Femme Nikita. Both excellent movies, both unusual comparisons for a director whose specialty was decidedly not hit men and action flicks.

Now, courtesy of Dark Horizons, we have a few more details about the film. For starters, a pretty compelling synopsis:

“Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) 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 (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Sweden. 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 (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.”

While the plot diverges substantially from both Bourne and Nikita, one comparison that holds is that it appears to be a more intelligent, contemplative hitmanwoman piece, and coupled with the surprising youth of the lead, it makes for some interesting food for thought.

The cast is certainly freaking aces — it looks like a meaty role for Bana, and Cate Blanchett — I will literally watch her in anything. I find her completely fascinating.


Of course, the key factor will be 15-year-old Saoirse Ronan — she was outstanding in Atonement, but also had the misfortune of starring in Peter Jackson’s woeful The Lovely Bones. Still, she and Joe Wright have one thing in common — both are incredibly unlikely choices for a drama about assassins. Should be interesting.

Hanna begins shooting this month in Finland, Bavaria, Morocco, and Berlin.

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