From Russia, With Hate
From reality to TV (just maybe not reality TV) Russian spies are everywhere. The Americans is one of the best shows on the air, but now an upcoming movie is really going to kick post-Soviet spycraft to the next level.
And its secret weapon?
I MUST BREAK YOU
Here’s the official plot summary of Red Sparrow:
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.
Red Dead. Redemption?
Here’s a spicy take on the whole thing:
If you’re a big fan of Marvel Comics, Jennifer Lawrence’s next film might look familiar — and no — it has nothing to do with her X-Men gig as Mystique. It’s taking a nod from a different Marvel hero. Lawrence is starring in the sexy spy thriller Red Sparrow, about a young Russian spy brought up in a super-secret program designed to turn young women into deadly weapons called Widows Sparrows. Umm, does that sound a bit familiar, Black Widow fans? Obviously, Black Widow’s origin story of growing up in the Red Room and serving as a femme fatale didn’t invent all of these plot points, but Red Sparrow certainly checks off a lot of them.
It also looks really good doing it, and with Marvel Studios content to leave a solo Black Widow film on the shelf, it might be the closest we get for a while. This also looks to be a darker, sexier and bloodier affair than anything you’ll find in the MCU — which again — is pretty much the only way to really do a Black Widow-style movie up right, right?
Along with Lawrence, Red Sparrow stars Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling and Mary-Louise Parker. It’s directed by Hunger Games’ Francis Lawrence, in case you needed another genre connection there. Of course, J-Law has already proven her butt-kicking chops thanks to The Hunger Games and X-Men, so she should be right at home here.
The Movie That Comes In From The Cold
Jeez. Is it March 2018 yet? Because WE CAN’T WAIT.
Thankfully we have this brand new trailer to take the edge off!