Blanchett, Heigl and Tamblyn Board New Projects


Three new roles for three actresses have been announced.

Cate Blanchett is joining Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana in the Joe Wright-directed thriller Hanna at Focus Features. The film centers on a 14-year-old Eastern European girl who has been raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pangs of adolescence. When the girl is dragged back to her father’s world and discovers that she was bred as a killing machine in a CIA prison camp, she must fight her way to a free life.

Katherine Heigl will star in One for the Money at Columbia Pictures. Heigl will play Stephanie Plum, an unemployed lingerie buyer who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet. The film is based on the Janet Evanovich novel of the same name. Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith wrote the script, and Liz Brixius is doing a polish.

And Amber Tamblyn is set to star opposite James Franco in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours at Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film tells the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston (Franco), whose right forearm got pinned for nearly five days under a boulder during a climb in Utah in May 2003. He used a dull knife to amputate the limb, then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before running into a family that gave him water and food. Taymblyn will play his girlfriend.