The trailer for Joe Wright‘s teenage assassin picture “Hanna” just dropped. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, the film centers on a 14-year-old (Ronan) who was raised by her father (Bana) to be a coldhearted killing machine and then connects with a French family who look to help ease her into a more conventional life. Blanchett plays the CIA spy agent trying to track her down.
We’ve been psyched to see the picture all year; loving the idea of someone like Wright taking a left turn from his usual period piece dramas (“Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement“) into new territory. However, when we saw footage earlier this year at New York Comic Con, those of us in attendance weren’t totally convinced. The quality was apparently off (it was early footage, that could have been it) and the tone seemed odd.
Now that the trailer has arrived we have… mixed thoughts. While it certainly looks better than what was described at Comic Con, it still doesn’t feel like the ‘Bourne’-esque movie that we were first imagining. Perhaps, because that’s not what it is. Joe Wright did describe it as a “fairy tale” after all.
We do know the Chemical Brothers are writing the score, so it should be a propulsive ride, but well, at this point, we think we need to see it for ourselves before we pass full on judgment. Though we gotta say Tom Hollander looks like a pretty annoying villain in this (what’s with that bad blonde dye job?). The picture also stars Olivia Williams as the mother of the French family that takes her in. “Hanna” is due in theaters April 8, 2011.
Here’s an IFC interview with the cast during NYCC.