Hanna (2011)

Cate Blanchett as: Marissa Wiegler
Directed by: Joe Wright
Selected Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Olivia Williams & Tom Hollander
Written by: David Farr & Seth Lochhead
Release Year: 2011
Genre: Action / Adventure / Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Hanna 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, 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. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

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Quotes from Cate Blanchett

On Saoirse Ronan
“I had worked with her father on Veronica Guerin (2003). When I bumped into him at the Oscars ceremony in 2008, it was then that I realised that the little child who used to visit the set was one of the year’s nominees – Saoirse.”

“Saoirse is an extraordinary actor and an incredible presence, self-possessed and unaffected. She connects with things by drawing on her own experiences. She has a rare spirit!”

Quotes from Others

Director Joe Wright at ADR and how well the cast worked with it
• “I don’t know. Luckily most of the actors I work with are really good at ADR. Saoirse’s really good at ADR. Cate [Blanchett’s] brilliant. Most of the actors. Keira’s a genius at ADR. Some actors are and some actors are really, really rubbish at it.”

• “Because she’s just about the best actress in the world, really. She’s a very bold actress and a brave actress willing to take risks and not the kind of actress who feels she has to play the nice appealing character as so many of them do.”

Saoirse Ronan
• “I love Cate! She’s like a wicked witch in Hanna and she’s great. She brought her little baby Iggy [Ignatius] on to the set and he was just adorable. She’s really lovely – and she’s professional and focused, and I like to be that way, too.”

• “My dad worked with Cate on a film called Veronica Guerin and I don’t remember meeting her but she remembers meeting me as a wee child and it was great to know I was the second generation of my family to work with her. She’s a very grounded person who would sit in hair and make-up in the morning with me and be just a normal woman who is at her job but you can tell she really cares about her work.”

Quotes from her Character

• Marissa Wiegler: “Sometimes children are bad people, too.”

Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in Germany, Finland, UK and Morocco (view all.)

• Director Danny Boyle was developing Hanna with screenwriter Seth Lochhead in early 2009, but eventually left the project.

• The script was listed on both the 2006 and 2009 Black List, an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays of the year.

• Seth Lochhead wrote the original story and script on spec in 2006. He returned for production work in 2010.

• According to Joe Wright, Saoirse Ronan specifically requested that the studio bring him on-board to direct the film.