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Saoirse Ronan Will Lead 'Order Of Seven' Formerly Known As 'Snow And The Seven' (But No Longer Has Any Fairy Tale Connections)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 6:28 PM
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There's development and then there's the journey that Disney's "Order Of Seven" (as it's now called) has taken. Originally envisioned as a kung-fu take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," the film has been in the works for years with names like Michael Chabon, Natalie Portman, Francis Lawrence and "The Matrix" fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping coming and going at various points. But the project had to change gears when rival studios mounted their own revisionist fairy tales, with Tarsem's "Mirror Mirror" and Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," ramping up and getting in front of cameras first. But that didn't stop the mouse house. "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt was hired to polish the script in early 2011, and over the summer Australian commercial director Michael Gracey, a former animator, was tagged to direct. And now it looks like they're ready to roll as they've got someone to lead the film.

Saoirse Ronan Lands Lead Role In Kevin MacDonald's Apocalyptic Romance 'How I Live Now'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:05 AM
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Since her impressive debut in 2007's "Atonement," Saoirse Ronan has made a career out of taking some of the toughest, least conventional teen roles. From her youthful fibber in Joe Wright's film, she's played the deceased victim of a rape and murder in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones," a Polish girl struggling for survival in Peter Weir's "The Way Back," and a pair of fresh-faced assassins, in Wright's "Hanna" and Geoffrey Fletcher's "Violet and Daisy." And she's still only seventeen. Ronan is currently filming the vampire tale "Byzantium" from Neil Jordan, and is next set to play the dual role of a teen girl and the alien parasite that possesses her in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." Now she's just lined up a third, a film so firmly inside her wheelhouse that, to be honest, we'd assumed she'd signed up to months ago.

Newcomer Jake Abel Is The Frontrunner For Lead In Andrew Niccol's 'The Host' Starring Saoirse Ronan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 10, 2011 9:05 AM
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After being considered as a contender amongst a whole host of other substitutable young actors, newcomer Jake Abel has reportedly leaped out as the front-runner for one of two male leads in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's "The Host."

Emily Watson and Alicia Vikander Added To Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina;' Saoirse Ronan & Others Out

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:47 AM
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As Promised, Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson To StarWell, Joe Wright and Focus Features have locked down the cast for their lavish adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel "Anna Karenina," and it seems like a full house of talent – in addition to the already confirmed Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Mcfadyen ("Pride & Prejudice") and Olivia Williams, the film has added Domhnall Gleeson ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"), Alicia Vikander ("The Seventh Son"), Emily Watson, and Ruth Wilson (BBC series "Luther").

Saoirse Ronan Out, Dakota Fanning In For Emma Thompson's 'Effie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:33 AM
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With a cast of Saorise Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Imelda Staunton, Greg Wise and Emma Thompson all set to go, everything looked good for Thompson's latest screenplay "Effie." Unfortunately, the long arm of the law reared its ugly head earlier this year, putting the film in limbo. What was the point of contention?

Watch: Lush International Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Latest 'Arriety'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 1:05 AM
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Despite the patronage of Disney and John Lasseter, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has never quite made the impression abroad that it has in its native Japan, where his films number among the all-time biggest grossers: in the U.S. 2009's "Ponyo" is his most successful film, despite the raves given to "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." At the same time, it has at least been demonstrated now that there is an audience for both his films and those of his professional home, Studio Ghibli, and it's now common for those films to get a U.S. release, even if Miyazaki himself isn't at the helm.

Andrea Riseborough, Matthew Macfadyen & Olivia Williams Join Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 2:22 AM
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Benedict Cumberbatch Out, Choosing To Do Brit WWI-era Mini-seriesIt's been a while since we've heard anything on Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" -- mostly because the press rounds for "Hanna" have ended -- but today comes a fresh bit of casting news about the film. But before we get to that, let's just re-cap for a second shall we? Last fall, came first word that Keira Knightley would re-team with her "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" director for the film. Then, this spring, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson came aboard with Joe Wright later saying that Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the film, and that he was waiting on Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy to confirm.

Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan To Play Mother & Daughter Vampires In Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2011 2:00 AM
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We always feel that Neil Jordan is somewhat undervalued. Generally speaking, his films aren't giant hits (bar "Interview with the Vampire"), or gather awards attention (except for "The Crying Game"). And there are plenty of misfires across his career, from "Michael Collins" to "In Dreams" to the truly awful "The Brave One." But his work is consistently interesting, and sometimes downright superb, particularly when he delves into more fantastical territory: we're not sure that films like "The Company of Wolves" and the recent "Ondine" ever quite got the attention they deserved.

Andrew Niccol Confirmed To Direct Saoirse Ronan In 'The Host'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 12, 2011 10:34 AM
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There's only a handful of people right now who can rush a project through development, and apparently, one of these people is "Twilight" series writer Stephenie Meyer.

Denied: Saoirse Ronan Says 'The Hobbit' Unlikely; Michael Sheen Won't Be In 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 9:19 AM
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A bit of a double bummer of news here for some big upcoming projects.

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