Director Joe Wright talks to Empire magazine's Chris Hewitt about Hanna, following a preview of the film at BFI Southbank. Wright explains that the project was brought to him by actress Saoirse Ronan, with whom he previously collaborated on Atonement. The director was excited by the prospect of re-teaming with Ronan, but also by the character of Hanna. He describes her as a 'holy fool'; someone who hasn't been pre-conditioned to the ways of the world and can therefore offer an objective perspective on society.
Wright was also interested in the challenge of shooting action scenes, which marks a departure from him. He admits that after the poor response to his previous film The Soloist he 'wanted to smash everything up a bit'. He goes on to discuss collaborating with The Chemical Brothers on the film's score, how his childhood spent in a North London puppet theatre has influenced his approach to casting, and his interest in feminism and its aftermath.