Wow! We have our first look of Saoirse as Hanna. Thanks to M for the tip.

Young females with a killer instinct seem to be in vogue right now at the movies, what with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Kick-Ass. The next in line to be recruited for lethal duty is Saoirse Ronan, the 16-year-old Irish star of last year’s The Lovely Bones and an Oscar nominee as Keira Knightley’s troublemaking little sis in 2007′s Atonement.

In this exclusive first-look photo, reports USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna, she is the title character in Hanna, raised from childhood to be the perfect assassin by her ex-CIA man father (Eric Bana) in rural Finland.

Cate Blanchett is the icy intelligence operative overseeing her mission. The Jason Bourne meets La Femme Nikita thriller is directed by Joe Wright, who showed a flair for intense action during the Dunkirk beach scene in Atonement, and is due next year.