Saoirse Ronan Will Lead Overdue Snow White Film 'Order of Seven'
After leading the twisted sort of fairytale that was Hanna, young actress Saoirse Ronan will lead yet another drastically different variation on a classic story in what should be the last adaptation of Snow White we'll need for at least a decade. Variety reports Ronan has been tapped to lead Order of Seven, the Kung Fu centric telling of the tale that follows Olivia Sinclair, a British expatriate in 19th century Hong Kong, who seeks the protection of centuries old warriors, now a jaded group of outlaws (in place of the usual dwarves). After the reemergence of an ancient evil empress, Sinclair then helps the warriors reclaim their destiny.
We got wind that this project was still happening back in August, and despite Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman hitting this year, this version is so different that the link to Snow White likely won't even matter, and will likely only be part of the subtext of the story anyway. Apparently the aim is to turn this into more of an international film by having the warriors played by well-known stars from China, Russian and Japan. Michael Gracey, the visual effects wizard and commercial director, will make his feature directorial debut with the flick, and production is slated to begin this fall. This is a project that has been in development for nearly a decade now with numerous directing talents attached. Hopefully they found the right group of people to make it worth the wait.