Rising star Saoirse Ronan is a versatile actress. Who could have thought she was convincing as a no-nonsense assassin in HANNA (2011)? Well, she's about to get back into action mode again in Disney's ORDER OF SEVEN, a long-gestating project which was originally conceived as a kung fu retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Ronan is currently in the final talks to lead the role, which will worked as a standalone action adventure that doesn't related to the classic tale. If she accepts, she will plays Olivia Sinclair, a British expat in 19th century Hong Kong who seeks protection of a centuries-old group of warriors, now turned a group of outlaws. After the resurrection of an ancient evil empress, Sinclair helps the warriors reclaim their destiny and noble roots.
Disney is now hoping to make their movie with an international appeal by casting the roles of the warriors with well-known stars in China, Russia and Japan. Commercials helmer and visual effects supervisor Michael Gracey (NED KELLY) is poised to make his feature-length debut, and production is expected to start this fall.
Back in 2002, the project was originally titled as SNOW AND THE SEVEN, which was more related to the source material including a murderous stepmother and magical mirror. Three years later in 2005, renowned fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping (ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA, THE MATRIX) was attached to direct. Since then, a numbers of directors have come and gone, including Francis Lawrence (CONSTANTINE, I AM LEGEND).