Saoirse Ronan (Melanie) has signed on for a new Disney flick, “Order of Seven”. It was originally supposed to be a imagining of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, but with the release this year of not one, but two different “Snow White” stories, they thought better of this idea. As a result, they have completely reworked the script in order to cut all ties to the original fairy tale.
The story will take place in 19th century Hong Kong, where Ronan will play a British ex-pat. She seeks refuge with an old order of warriors who are dealing with the return of an evil empress. The cast will consist of Russian, Chinese, and Japanese actors, and executives are already traveling to these locations to start recruiting.
This will be Michael Gracey’s first time directing. Previously he has worked on commercials and supervised visual effects. He is the latest in a long line of directors who have been attached to this project. Andrew Gunn (“Race to Witch Mountain” and “Freaky Friday”) is producing. The latest version of the script was written by Jayson Rothwell and Michael DeBruyn.
One source seemed surprised, yet pleased with all the action leads Ronan has taken on lately, referring to her as “Ireland’s answer to Chuck Norris”. I admit, I chuckled when I read that reference, but I’ve also been impressed by her work so far and am excited to see where the future will take this Irish girl.