Upcoming Flix Spotlight: HANNA

Saiorse Ronan as Hanna

Please, please, don’t ever confuse this with Hannah Montana [shudders], which is what you’ll get when you google this title. No, not even close. This is an upcoming thriller from Joe Wright, the director of Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, tackling yet another genre after last year’s music-themed biopic drama The Soloist. When I first heard about this a few months ago, only Saiorse Ronan and Eric Bana had been cast, but now I learned that my favorite actress Cate Blanchett is also involved, yay!

Here’s the gist of the story from Collider: Hanna (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 (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. 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 (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Blanchett & Bana, what a duo!

The La Femme Nikita-esque plot is intriguing and the cast certainly appeals to me. Bana and Blanchett are on my Top Ten Aussie Actors list, and Ronan really impressed me in Atonement. In fact, I often think that she has the potential to have Blanchett’s career, as she’s no doubt one of the most talented young actors working today. Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, and Olivia Williams rounded up the excellent cast.

Apparently this movie was one of the significant deal at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. According to Deadline.com, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) bought most key territories of the foreign distribution of Hanna, while Focus Features will handle the domestic US distribution. Sony did that based on 1 minute and a half of footage and a look at the script. SPWAG was the same studio that took a chance in Neill Blomkamp’s debut District 9, and will distribute Terrence Malik’s upcoming fantasy drama The Tree of Life.

Below is the theatrical trailer. It’s due out 8 April 2011.

What do you think folks, would you watch it?

24 thoughts on “Upcoming Flix Spotlight: HANNA

      1. Oh, it’ll pass Sam. Before you know it, you’ll have too many things to blog about than you know what to do with 🙂 Y’know, I’ve been having so many topics to blog about I haven’t mentioned my fave ze Butler in like a month!

  1. Preach to the choir. I am very much anticipating this, I’m not very enthused by Bana (sorry) but Rona’s work in the ill received Lovely Bones remains as my favourite child performance of the last 25 years (she speaks volumes with her eyes) and Blanchett…I bow down to her.

    (and don’t even get me started on how much I love Joe Wright’s work)

    1. Not a Bana fan? What’s wrong with you? 🙂 Haven’t seen The Lovely Bones yet, but I won’t let the critics sway me from NOT seeing it. Sounds like all the critiques were for PJ’s direction, so Ronan’s performance’s intact I think. Yes, who doesn’t bow down to Blanchett? She is right up there with Meryl Streep in terms of versatility and talent, which makes her VERY underrated. Joe Wright’s a great director, despite my disappointment with The Soloist.

      1. It’s not so much The Soloist being bad as it was not “awesome”, but then it was the only Jamie Foxx performance I could admit to liking so he did do something there (he does have a way with his actors).

        on Bana what is he good in? I know I liked him in Troy, but I didn’t LOVE him in it.

        1. Yeah, I guess I was expecting better from Wright, but the performances were good indeed.

          What’s Bana good in? Heck, he’s the best thing in TROY as far as I’m concerned. I wouldn’t have liked it much if it weren’t for Hector, but then again I always thought Pitt is way overrated. He’s also great as Hulk, the movie was trashed by critics mostly for Ang Lee’s direction and the story, not Bana’s acting. Excellent in Munich and though unrecognizable in Star Trek, he made for a considerable nemesis. He comes across as highly watchable to me, and not only because he’s good looking.

          1. Aaaaaaaaaah, yes that was him in Munich (brain freeze). I need to rewatch that. He does seem generally affable and along with Leslie Mann did his utmost to make Funny People funny…or about actual people.

        2. MUNICH. Astonishing performance. I would agree w/RTM’s assessment that he’s highly watchable, regardless. Lucky You is also kind of an interesting little film. You think it’s supposed to be a rom-com, but it’s not, really … and he’s good in it, plus, bonus: hilarious RDJ cameo!

          1. RDJ had a cameo in Lucky You?? Well well well, I just might have to add that to my Netflix queue. I’m just not huge on Drew Barrymore, but hey, with Bana and RDJ, I think I’m willing to give it a chance.

  2. I’m not sure what to think about this movie, since the idea of a kid playing an assassin is horrible to me and you know how strong I feel about children being used in that way in movies. I’ll probably check it out because I don’t believe that my favourite actress of all times Cate Blanchett would star in an inappropriate film. I also love mister Banana and Jason Flemyng as well.

    1. Saiorse is 16, Dez, not exactly a ‘child’ anymore. It’s not like she’s being tortured or anything, so even though I agree that violence against children is never a good thing, I don’t see it that way here. I don’t know if Blanchett has a clause not to star in an ‘inappropriate’ film, besides, that’s really a subjective term.

      1. Yeah, I think she does have that clause in her contract, right next to the clause which states she shall always be awesome (except when poor action stars – cough Harrison Ford – try to block out her light).

        And no, she is not paying me.

      2. Darren

        Apparently it was Ronan and her family who toned down the violence in The Lovely Bones. if they can leverage that over Jackson, I think that they should be able to prevent exploitation here.

        Besides “child assassin” seems to be a right of passage for young Hollywood actresses desiring to be taken seriously. This could be her Leon: The Professional.

  3. Hey, that girl stole my name… and she didn’t even have the decency to use it as her forename. Cheek.
    Yeah, I think I’d watch it. Sounds fresh and fun, plus I like the prospect of Blanchett as a baddie. Thanks for teaser Ruth. Consider me teased 🙂

    1. He..he.. somehow I knew you’d comment on that. I do like the name Ronan, is it more of a girl or boy’s name in Ireland?? Blanchett makes a great baddie, i.e. Indiana Jones 4. I think she’d make a fantastic Bond villain, if that franchise is still going on that is.

  4. Oh dear lord, this has me tickled with excitement. Ronan and Blanchett working together? And Blanchett teaming up with Wright? Will definitely be one of the first movies that I watch when I get back next year.

    1. My Anomalous Material friends, glad to hear you’re both excited for this movie. The talents involved are amazing isn’t it, the only bad thing is how long we have to wait to see it. But I guess they’re waiting for you until you’re back, Red! 🙂

  5. I’ve been looking forward to this movie ever since that first pic was released almost 2 months ago. It has an interesting plot, and Wright, Blanchett, Bana and Ronan sounds like a bunch of people that together can deliver some thing good…hopefully it all translates on screen.

  6. Great to see one of our Irish actors playing a strong young female character in a central role. I didn’t know Blanchett was in it though – Can’t wait to see her in a more villainous role 😀

  7. I’m excited for this. I think Joe Wright hasn’t quite fully shown his full potential yet, and The Soloist was not the kind of project I was excited for him to do. Nice to see him back with some good talent too with Ronan.

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