Saoirse Ronan Reteaming with Joe Wright as a Teenage Assassin
by Ethan Anderton
January 6, 2010
Though it looks like The Lovely Bones isn't a critical success, there is almost unanimous agreement that Saoirse Ronan delivers another impressive performance comparable to that of her last Oscar nominated performance for Best Supporting Actress in Atonement. Now Ronan will reunite with Atonement director Joe Wright in Hanna, the story of a 14-year-old Eastern European girl (Ronan) raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family only to be dragged back into her father's world where she must confront her dark past while at a CIA prison camp and fight her way to a free life.
Seth Lochhead & David Farr worked on the script which is described as having shades of La Femme Nikita and the Bourne movies (but then again what action movie isn't described using the action stylings of Jason Bourne nowadays). Anyway, Ronan is a young talent who looks to be one of the greatest of her generation and should be around for a long time. And as long as she keeps choosing unique and challenging roles, she'll be sure to keep everyone's interest. As for Hanna, I already can't wait to see her kicking as an assassin. It's great to see the way-too-young female assassin character on the rise again (well, maybe it's the first time).