Eric Bana is best known for his roles in action films (Star Trek and Troy), but lately the Australian-native has been taking a turn towards the slightly more dramatic or comedic (Funny People, The Time Traveler’s Wife). In his next role, Bana will play the father of a trained Eastern European assassin (Saoirse Ronan) in Hana. However, don’t let the description fool you, there’s a good chance that Hanna will be more packed with drama than action due to the the director, Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and The Soloist).

According to THR‘s plot description, it seems like Hanna will focus more on Ronan than on Bana:

“[Hanna is] the story of a 14-year-old Eastern European girl saved from a CIA breeding camp and raised by her dad to be a cold-blooded killing machine. After finding peace with a French family, the girl is dragged to her father’s world, and she must fight her way to a free life.”

Some of us might be used to Bana in more action-packed roles, but he’s definitely tackled the dramatic-father role before, the aussie played Kodi Smit-McPhee‘s dad in Romulus, My Father. There’s a good chance that Bana can give an amazing dramatic performance under Joe Wright’s direction.

Hanna is set for release in 2011.

What do you think of Bana’s playing the part?