Last year Hollywood feel in love with Snow White, so that this year we’re getting the gothic action tale Snow White & The Huntsman and the more comic Mirror Mirror, and there’s Disney, who’ve been developing a more off-the-wall Snow White tale. Now the latter project is moving forward, with Variety reporting Saoirse Ronan has joined The Order of the Seven, which was previously titled Snow and the Seven.
The project was initially set up as a martial arts take on Snow White, however with two movies based on the story already due to hit cinemas, the project has been reworked, cutting all overt ties to the fairy tale. Saoirse Ronan will portray Olivia Spencer, a British expatriate in Hong Kong who finds protection with a group of outlaw warriors. When an evil empress comes into power, Olivia helps the warriors reclaim their royal ties to the kingdom.
Michael Gracey, who’s best known for his TV commercials, is making his directorial debut with The Order of the Seven, with shooting scheduled to commence this autumn. It is said that Disney is hoping to raise the international appeal of The Order of the Seven by casting well-known stars from China, Russia, and Japan to play the warriors.