SPWAG picks up Joe Wright's 'Hanna'

Saoirse Ronan set to star as teenage assassin

CANNES -- Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group has swooped in and picked up key territories to Joe Wright's "Hanna" from Focus Features International.

Focus retains rights in North America, the U.K., Australia/New Zeland, Greece, Israel, Middle East, and CIS, while SPWAG has acquired territories in continental Europe, Asia and Latin America.

"Hanna," which is in its final month of filming, stars Saoirse Ronan in the title role as a teenage assassin as well as Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

Focus president of international sales and distribution Alison Thompson and senior vp of international sales Peter Kujawski announced the deal in Cannes on Sunday

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"Under Joe Wright's direction, 'Hanna' is shaping up as a dynamic and highly commercial film, and we are thrilled that Sony has been so quick to recognize its international potential," Thompson said.

"It is a pleasure to be in business with Focus on what looks like an intense thriller. Audiences around the world will love this movie," SPE president of worldwide affairs Peter Schlessel added.
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