Exclusive: The Chemical Brothers Scoring Joe Wright's 'Hanna'
by Alex Billington
October 9, 2010
I'm currently attending the New York Comic-Con just finished watching the panel for Joe Wright's Hanna, the upcoming action movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana. They showed a few scenes of footage, which looked just okay, but during the intro to one of the clips, the moderator mentioned that there will be Chemical Brothers music behind it. So I decided to step up to the mic and confirm myself. Joe Wright said that The Chemical Brothers will be scoring the entire movie to provide a more "modern beat" instead of the classical scores of his previous films. As a longtime fan of the Chemical Brothers, this is fantastic news.
As a recap, Hanna stars Saoirse Ronan as a 14-year-old Eastern European girl raised by her father (Bana) to be a cold-blooded killing machine. Cate Blanchett also stars in the film as an icy intelligence operative on a mission to find Bana, a former CIA operative, but they get to Hanna first. The clips we saw included a few actions scenes but there's not too much we know about this, since they haven't released a trailer and besides this footage, we have no clue what to expect. I'm actually quite excited to hear the Chemical Brothers score in this, as it should be awesome to hear their style of music on top of a sleek, modern hitman action movie.
It's a big trend in Hollywood right now to hire actual bands and electronic groups to score films, from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails scoring The Social Network to Daft Punk scoring Tron Legacy to Phoenix scoring Somewhere. Wright said that he has known Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, the guys behind The Chemical Brothers, since the early 90's when he used to do lighting and projection at raves with the both of them. The group released their seventh album earlier this year titled Further. Wright is "very excited" for the Chemical Brothers score, as am I. We'll let you know when we have any more to show you from Hanna, so stay tuned!