After taking a break to make the kick-ass action flick Hanna, Joe Wright is back to his classically literary tricks. The director of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement will return to costumed drama for his next film, a star-studded adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel Anna Karenina. Already cast are Keira Knightley as the title character, Jude Law as her older husband and Aaron Johnson as her younger love. Wright is rounding out his ensemble with a solid list of names such as Saoirse Ronan, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson and Andrea Riseborough. Read who each will be playing after the break. Read More »

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Cool Stuff: Unused ‘Hanna’ Concept Posters

As much fun as it is to take a gander at the new movie posters being released every week, it’s often the case that a film’s best marketing material never makes it past the design stage, as studios tend to opt for simpler, more star-oriented imagery that’s more likely to generate interest in mass audiences. Case in point: These poster concepts for Hanna, which put to the shame the actual posters used to advertise the film. (Do we really need to see the sniper scope motif make its way into every ‘chase thriller’ movie poster?) Read More »

Atonement director Joe Wright is likely to do well this weekend with his new ‘teen assassin’ film Hanna, but he’s already looking forward to the future. His next film could well be a return to the more literary work we’ve come to expect from the man: an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel Anna Karenina. He’s mentioned the film left and right, and has Keira Knightley set for the lead role, with Aaron Johnson and Jude Law previously said to be possible additions.

And now the director says that he’s waiting for a yes or no from Hanna star Saoirse Ronan and from James McAvoy. Read More »

Another day, another high-end fragrance ad shot by a famous director and featuring a famous movie star. (Seriously, there are so many of these.) This time, it’s Atonement helmer Joe Wright directing a Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ad in which Chanel spokesmodel / actress Keira Knightley dons a sexy beige jumpsuit, rides around Paris on a motorcycle, and strings along a handsome photographer — all while wearing the Coco Mademoiselle scent, of course. Watch it after the jump.

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It’s always upsetting to see major roles for animated characters go to high profile celebrities who have no business voice acting — or acting at all, in this case — when there so many more capable voice actors out there struggling to find consistent work. Such is the business of Hollywood. Audiences see a name they recognize, and they’re more likely to buy a ticket. That’s presumably the reason why Zac Efron was cast in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and it’s almost definitely why singer Taylor Swift has been added to the voice roster as well.

Learn more about that, and the potential casting of Jude Law and Aaron Johnson in Atonement director Joe Wright‘s adaptation of Anna Karenina, after the break. Read More »

One of the soon-to-be-released films that’s currently flying under the radar is Hanna, directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. Focusing on a young girl trained as an assassin by her father, we’ve already seen a domestic and international trailer and now we’ve got two clips adding up to three minutes of footage and a slew of slick new images including an upgraded poster. Word around the campfire is that Wright has a winner with Hanna, a blend of Hit Girl in Kick Ass with the emotion of Leon: The Professional complete with cool music by The Chemical Brothers and a compelling story wrapped around it all. Form your own opinion by checking out the material after the jump. Hanna will be released April 8. Read More »

‘Hanna’ International Trailer

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Focus Features has released a new international movie trailer for Joe Wright‘s Hanna, which stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) as a 16-year-old killing machine in. Saoirse plays the title character in Hanna, who has been “raised from childhood to be the perfect assassin by her ex-CIA man father (Eric Bana) in rural Finland.” Wright is probably best known for his period dramas Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. Hanna is a different type of film: an action/adventure/thriller. The film also stars Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood), Eric Bana (Star Trek), and Niels Arestrup (Un Prophète).

The film looks completely different from Wright’s recent filmography, movies like Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Like your female characters to be packing heat? Was True Grit‘s Mattie Ross not enough of a badass? Then here are images for Joe Wright‘s teen assassin film Hanna and Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch. All feature young women that are as likely to take your head off as smile at you. More likely, in all probability. See ‘em all after the break. Read More »

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