COUNT RONAN AMONG DISNEY'S 'ORDER OF SEVEN'
EXCLUSIVE: Saoirse Ronan is in final talks to star in Disney's ORDER OF SEVEN, a project that was originally developed as a Kung Fu retelling of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, Variety's Marc Graser reports. The film has since been reworked as a standalone action adventure that's cut all ties to the classic tale. Ronan would play Olivia Sinclair, a British expat in 19th century Hong Kong, who seeks the protection of a centuries old group of warriors, now a jaded group of outlaws. After the reemergence of an ancient evil empress, Sinclair helps the warriors reclaim their destiny and noble roots. When the project was set up as SNOW AND THE SEVEN in 2002, it incorporated more elements from the fairytale, including a murderous stepmother and magical mirror. The studio hopes to boost the international appeal of the pic by casting the roles of the warriors with well-known stars in China, Russia and Japan, creating a global team of heroes. Commercials helmer and visual effects supervisor Michael Gracey is set to make his directorial debut on the fantasy pic. Natalie Portman had been circling the project.