- Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Olivia Williams, Michelle Dockery, Tom Hollander, Dee Bradley Baker, Jessica Barden, Cyron Bjørn Melville, Paris Arrowsmith, Nathan Nolan, Álvaro Cervantes, Jamie Beamish, John MacMillan, Vicky Krieps, Tim Beckmann, Adam Markiewicz, Marc Soto, Peter Brownbill
- Director: Joe Wright
- Writers: David Farr, Seth Lochhead
- Producers: Marty Adelstein, Leslie Holleran, Scott Nemes
- Co Producers: Christoph Fisser, Charlie Woebcken
- Executive Producer: Barbara A. Hall
- Art Direction: Niall Moroney
- Casting: Jina Jay
- Costume Design: Lucie Bates
- D.O.P.: Alwin H. Kuchler
- Editor: Paul Tothill
- Makeup: Nana Fischer
- Music: The Chemical Brothers
- Production Design: Sarah Greenwood
- Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; 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 (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; London, UK; Morocco; Ruka, Finland
- MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language
- Production Budget: $30 million
- Production Companies: Marty Adelstein Productions, Studio Babelsberg
- Production Schedule: April 2010 - June 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: With spy thrillers firmly adopting the 'Bourne' trilogy as their role model in recent years, even James Bond wanted a bit of Matt Damon inside him in his last outing, we're now finally seeing several films hoping to break the genre free of that aesthetic and take it to new places. Some, like the new adaptation of John Le Carre's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", are going the full old school Cold War espionage road. Others however are trying more left field approaches like this film from "Atonement" and "Pride and Prejudice" director Joe Wright.
On paper, the description sounds rather bland and cliche. Yet a few weeks ago came the first trailer which surprised the hell out of everyone. Yes it's a spy thriller, but it's energetic, dark and filled with some fascinating imagery more akin to a Grimm Brothers fairy tale. Talking about the film back in October, Wright says he looked heavily to David Lynch for inspiration and this film allowed him to "play with that surrealist edge of my sensibility".
It's also a very "visceral and impactful" movie, filled with dark character humor and shocking rather than graphic violence. The original script by Seth Lochhead was picked up by Focus Features a little while back and was offered to Wright. He managed to land a stellar cast with "Lovely Bones" star Ronan as the titular girl (she in fact requested Wright be brought onto the project), Australians Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett as the mentor figure and antagonist respectively, and the likes of Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams and Niels Arestrup in key supporting roles.
Shot in Finland, Bavaria, Morocco, and Berlin, Wright says several of his trademark long steadicam shots are included, though none as obvious as his Dunkirk Beach sequence in "Atonement". The Chemical Brothers will be scoring the entire movie to provide a more “modern beat” says Wright, which should make for a unique soundtrack.
Ultimately the question is will the audience respond to it? A few months ago Anton Corbijn's "The American", a skilfully made low-key throwback to the minimalist thrillers of the 70's, met divided critical reaction but still managed a decent $64 million worldwide from a $20 million budget. "Hanna" should go further, the film has made the Black List of best unproduced screenplays twice, while acclaimed directors Danny Boyle and Alfonso Cuarón had previously been attached, giving you an idea of the pedigree that wanted to be a part of this.