The long-awaited Black Widow is almost finally here! Oh wait, never mind, it’s just Jennifer Lawrence’s new Russian spy film Red Sparrow. 20th Century Fox has released a new poster and TV spot for Francis Lawrence’s upcoming spy thriller. In the film, [Jennifer] Lawrence plays young Ballerina Dominika Egorova. Dominika and her mother are facing an uncertain future after a career-ending injury, until she is recruited by a secret intelligence service known as Red Sparrow, where she trains to use her body and mind as a weapon.
While I was just joking about the whole Black Widow thing above, it’s very hard to not think of Natasha Romanoff when anything Red Sparrow, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Lawrence was at the top of my actress list not too long ago, as well as many others. However, over the last few years she’s become somewhat boring, taking extremely similar parts to those that shot her up the charts in the first place. But with her now taking on something like Red Sparrow, and it could just be another cool spy movie that isn’t talked about towards the end of the year, it’s different and out of her comfort zone.
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing her do her thing in Oscar worthy films later in the year, but I’d much rather see this. I’m not sure violent they’ll go with the material (a la Atomic Blonde), but I hope they don’t hold back. Lawrence has always been good at action, The Hunger Games proved that, but it never reached a point of pure brutality. She’s being trained to be an emotionless Russian spy, I want it to go as far as it possibly can. If it does, it could end up as one of the better action movies of the year.
Francis Lawrence, who is known for his work of The Hunger Games franchise, recently sat down with IGN. In the interview, Lawrence talks about what drew him to this specific spy thriller project:
“One of the things that drew me into the story, is that it really is a personal story for a character, which I think is pretty rare in terms of the spy genre. They tend to be much more political. Or tend to be much more, kind of, plot-driven, and less personal and personal dilemma driven. And it’s one of the things that drew me in, I’m very drawn to kind of stories about sort of isolated, lonely characters trying to survive. And that’s what this story is.”
Check out the new footage below and after doing so, leave your thoughts on Red Sparrow in the comments. Is it too much Black Widow for you? Do you hope it has ultra-violence? Are you interested in it? Lawrence’s Red Sparrow will be released on March 2nd and also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling, Ciarán Hinds and Jeremy Irons.
Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.
When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.