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20th Century Fox has just released the first trailer for Red Sparrow, a Lawrence² production that reunites Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence with star Jennifer Lawrence. The movie focuses on a young Russian woman, Dominika (Lawrence), who joins the Sparrow program, a secret service that trains her into becoming a powerful weapon.
“She” is Jennifer Lawrence’s title character, a prima ballerina named Dominika Egorova whose career-ending injury has her seeking other options, like becoming a deadly secret agent.
There's a good chance you haven't heard much about Jennifer Lawrence's next starring role. That's because the upcoming film is still in production and is set for a 2018 release, and it only just released its first trailer. Called Red Sparrow, it's an adaptation of the novel that shares the same name. In short, it's about a Russian prima ballerina, Dominika, whose career ends after she shatters her ankle. With her life in pieces, she lashes out at those who hurt her and winds up in the most unexpected place: a training academy for Russian spies. It only gets wilder from there.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, Red Sparrow, judging by the trailer, won’t skimp on style. We see its star in a variety of wigs (dark auburn, long blond, short blond) and dresses (red, black, shiny, slinky) as she does all sorts of femme fatale stuff. There does some (seem) escort work, a death by garrote, motorcycle joyriding and a quick double-take by a swim suited Joel Edgerton as the Sparrow struts by in bathing gear nearly as skimpy as his own.
Red Sparrow looks like it will address similar issues on a smaller scale, but the thriller is sure to also have some explosive moments as well (although I will say, no show fills me with more anxiety than The Americans, which I highly recommend watching!)
Red Sparrow also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons. The film is set to hit theaters March 2nd, 2018.
This isn't just going to be an R-rated film. It's deep in rated-R territory. In just the short amount of footage we saw, there was a rather bloody altercation (or two or three), a steamy sex scene, nudity, and more. Francis Lawrence made it clear after the presentation that this was his vision from the very beginning. He's going for the "hard R." He wanted to toe the line and represent all aspects of the story.
Some of the more basic aspects of Red Sparrow really pack a punch. Overall, it's got a really gritty vibe to it, kind of along the lines of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in terms of style. There's something striking about the graphic depiction of the more violent and sexual scenes. It creates a world where very bad things happen, no sugarcoating. Even down to the music and the cinematography, every component of the film seems to come together as one exceptional project.