NYC Comic Con: Eric Bana and Joe Wright talk 'Hanna'

Eric-BanaImage Credit: Marc Susset-Lacroix/WireImage.comIf you’ve seen director Joe Wright’s last three films — Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and The SoloistHanna might come as something of a shock. Based on a few minutes of sneak preview footage shown today at NYC’s Comic-Con, the movie has no corsets, no string instruments, and no country mansions. Instead, it’s got guns. And spies. And a deadly teenager (Saoirse Ronan) who was raised as an assassin by her father (Eric Bana) and sent on a mission to find a CIA agent (Cate Blanchett).

In other words, it’s not something you’d expect from a guy whose movies usually appeal to the Masterpiece Theatre demographic. “Everyone thinks I’m all classical music and period films,” Wright tells EW. “It was very exciting to get the gloves off. I really enjoyed all the action stuff. It’s like pure filmmaking.”

For action-movie vet Eric Bana (Star Trek), the thrill of the movie was in the freshness of its story. “When I read the script I felt like I’d never seen that film,” says Bana. “It felt totally original. And that’s getting harder and harder to find, so when you do, you jump on it.”

Hanna hits theaters April 8, 2011.

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  • S.O.

    hmmmm interesting, can’t wait for the trailer to really see if this looks good. But The Soloist was terrible.

  • Sarah

    to be honest, I would’ve put this film in the discard pile (ludicrous plot!) if it wasn’t for the interesting crew. Wright, Blanchett, Ronan, Bana…this suddenly sounds like something to keep an eye on!

  • Di

    umm… Kickass, anyone? Bueller?

    • tipsy

      Lol, my thoughts exactly. Kick Ass, Leon – The Professional. yes, we`ve already seen this movie.

    • Joe

      Kickass was Mark Millar’s “brilliant” rip off of The Professional.

  • dee123

    Cate Blanchett make ANY movie she’s in better.

  • Jack Black

    I saw the movie at a screening last week. It’s not as good as the Professional. It starts off really well, with some nice action with the girl on the run and then just loses it with a lot of Artsy-drama with a not so great finish. It’s a shame because the actors are pretty good (Eric Bana!) and it starts off so well.

    • Sketch

      i’ve read the script (revised) too, and i’m a little disappointed. i suspect that everyone will be, too. beginning and end provided high energy and action, but the middle bits were… well, a bit boring.

      but i have yet to see how it translates on screen. (heck, WHAT DO I KNOW, REALLY?! haha!)

  • Elena

    Except KickAss was a piece of asscrap that tanked at the box office

  • Mojo Jojo

    Me want to see this movie, now! Looks really good and I love Bana. Not sure if the Masterpiece Theater dude can direct an action flick but the pics look very cool.

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