Jennifer Lawrence has mastered an abundance of leading roles: bow-slinging futuristic heroine, shape-shifting mutant, jealous wife, spacecraft passenger. And now? Badass ballerina/assassin.
Her latest film, Red Sparrow, centres on a Russian agent (played by Lawrence) who's trained to be a manipulative and dangerous spy and uses her skills as an assassin to take out targets assigned to her by a secret organization. Lawrence's Dominika Egorova is sent to sparrow school, a secret intelligence service that trains young adults to use their bodies and minds as weapons.
If it sounds badass, that's because it is. And the trailer is even better.
In the film, Lawrence plays a Russian prima ballerina named Dominika Egorova. After she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are faced with a lifetime of hardship and poverty. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons.
When Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process, she comes to terms with her new abilities and meets a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton) who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.
If that sounds familiar to one of Marvel’s most popular Avengers, you’re not alone. Marvel fans have been calling Lawrence's new film 'the Black Widow they've been waiting for'.
WRITER 1: What can we title this so nobody suspects it's just a Black Widow knock-off?— Jeff Weiner (@JeffWeinerOS) January 8, 2018
WRITER 2: ... Red... Sparrow?
STUDIO: Here is a check with many zeroes. https://t.co/vi7dCj3ZHK
How come Scarlett Johansson isn't in the Black Widow prequel and why is it called Red Sparrow?— Andy Lewis (@andyblewis) January 8, 2018
And they're not exactly wrong, the movie does have exceptional similarities to Natalia Romanova's Black Widow, and questions about Marvel’s commitment to a stand-alone Black Widow movie has been a topic of interest for years.
But for now, we'll have to settle for Lawrence's Red Sparrow, which looks pretty damn badass anyway. The film will be released on March 2, 2018.