Disney’s ORDER OF SEVEN May Star Saoirse Ronan; Ty Burrell Joins JACKIE BROWN Prequel, SWITCH

     February 10, 2012

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Saoirse Ronan is in talks to star in Order of Seven, an action adventure tale based loosely on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you’re a fan of Snow White, you’ll have your pick between Relativity Media’s frivolous take Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders. Disney, oddly enough, is late to the game with their submission even though the project began development ten years ago.

In other casting news, Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the Jackie Brown prequel, Switch along with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey. Hit the jump for much more on Ronan and Burrell’s roles and respective projects.

Variety reported order-of-seven-saoirse-ronanon Ronan’s negotiations for the long-gestating Order of Seven. Ronan would star as Olivia Sinclair, a British expat living in Hong Kong in the 19th century. Sinclair seeks protection from a group of warrior outlaws, who in turn seek her help in defeating an ancient, evil empress. The film, previously known as Snow and the Seven and The Order of the Seven, has seen writers (such as Michael Chabon and Michael Arndt) come and go but looks to have a director set in commercials helmer, Michael Gracey. In an attempt to boost global interest, Disney is looking to cast well-known international stars in the roles of the warriors. Execs have already traveled to China, Russia and Japan in search of talent. Any separation Order of Seven can make from Snow White can only serve it well with the presence of the above-mentioned films lurking on the horizon.

Variety also reported that Burrell  will join the adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, “The Switch.” Set fifteen years before Jackie Brown, Switch follows Ordell (Bey) and Louis (Hawkes), two criminals who attempt to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a real estate developer. Burrell will star as Marshall Taylor, a married member of the country club who witnesses the kidnapping and suffers a moral dilemma because of his feelings for her. The Dan Schechter-directed film is scheduled to start production in May.

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