The last time she acted under the direction of Joe Wright, Saoirse Ronan ended up ruining a potentially lifelong romance between Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the summery English countryside. Now the pair’s latest collaborative effort, Hanna, finds Ronan snapping the necks of CIA agents against the backdrop of a European winter.
An official trailer has been released for Wright’s bleak thriller and it essentially makes the film look like The Bourne Identity – albeit with a young female protagonist (a la Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass) instead of an amnesia-struck Matt Damon.
Hanna reunites Wright with his Atonement star Ronan, who plays the titular character: a 14-year old girl that was trained by her father, ex-CIA agent Erik Heller (Eric Bana), to become the ultimate assassin. Mr. Heller sends his deadly daughter on a mission to find a ruthless U.S. Intelligence operative named Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), a mysterious figure with her own dark secrets. Hanna soon finds herself questioning the nature of her own existence, even as she journeys across Europe – with Wiegler and her fellow agents in hot pursuit.
Wright is certainly in new territory as a filmmaker with Hanna, having previously been at the helm of flicks like the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, as well as last year’s inspirational true-life drama, The Soloist. But does he possess the directing chops to handle a fast-paced action thriller?
Watch the Hanna trailer below (courtesy of Yahoo! Movies) to see what you think:
There are some chillingly lovely visuals on display in this footage from Hanna (especially that opening shot of a frozen lake) and the cinematography overall looks as impressive as that in Wright’s previous films. Ronan delivered intense performances in both Atonement and Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. She looks to add another to her resume with Hanna, ably communicating the character’s deadly physical prowess, disturbed demeanor, and emotional vulnerability in just the trailer alone.
While the Hanna trailer certainly has the atmosphere and design of a preview for a new Jason Bourne adventure, there’s a good chance the movie will be more in the vein of this past fall’s George Clooney vehicle, The American. The latter was more of a thought-provoking European arthouse pic than a white-knuckle thrill ride – given Wright’s previous directorial efforts, we suspect Hanna could be the same.
Hanna arrives in U.S. theaters on April 8th, 2011.