She might be a good half-decade off being able to drink legally, but Saoirse Ronan has already racked up an impressive array of performances in her career so far. What’s more, she seems to know a good deal more about media management than actors three times her age — while a veteran like, say, Michael Caine is constantly thwarting Christopher Nolan‘s plans for secrecy, Ronan knows how to run rings around the press when it comes to rumors. She’s already come out with a firm refusal to confirm or deny just about anything about her rumored presence in “The Hobbit,” and when we caught up with the actress at WonderCon over the weekend, where she was promoting her Joe Wright-helmed thriller “Hanna,” she stayed pretty mum on the latest speculation — that she’s set to work with the director a third time on his upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”
Ronan carefully explained that, while she hopes to work with Wright again, it won’t necessarily be on the Russian epic. “This isn’t anything to do with ‘Anna Karenina’ now,” she said. “We really love working together and we enjoy each other as people as well. And if there is a part that is suitable in a film that he’s doing I would like to think that he would think of me. And he said he does.” It’s unclear whether this is on “Anna Karenina” or another project — we could certainly see Ronan turning up in his version of “The Little Mermaid,” should he ever get around to it. We’re sure official word will come in sooner rather than later, but Ronan’s certainly not letting anything slip any time soon.
We also asked Ronan about Wright’s comments on Zack Snyder‘s “Sucker Punch” — the helmer described the idea that films such as that were empowering as “bullshit.” Ronan was more polite, and admitted to not having seen the film as yet, but agreed in principle: “I’ve seen the billboards… I don’t think the poster sends out the right message because girls are in little mini-skirts and they’ve got pigtails and they look like schoolgirls with guns. I don’t like the idea of people being sexed up in anyway. Film is an art form and we don’t need to make it that commercial. Of course it needs to sell but we don’t need to just give up.”
We’ve got more from our chat with Ronan on the way, including some talk on “Violet & Daisy,” the dark comedy from “Precious” writer Geoffrey Fletcher in which the actress stars alongside Alexis Bledel. “Hanna” hits theaters on Friday, April 8th, and at least one Playlist team member is head-over-heels in love with it. — Reporting by Sean Gillane