Jennifer Lawrence May Reunite With ‘Hunger Games’ Director for ‘Red Sparrow’
With The Hunger Games franchise coming to an end, Catching Fire and Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence has been lining up some ambitious new projects. In addition to re-teaming with Lionsgate for a franchise based on The Odyssey, Lawrence is also working on an adaptation of Red Sparrow, which may see him reuniting with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.
Deadline reports that Francis Lawrence is developing the adaptation of Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence in mind to star, though her casting is nowhere near official. Based on the novel by Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow is being scripted by Eric Warren Singer, who previously wrote American Hustle, which may be another draw for Lawrence to sign on. The film has been in development for some time, with David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky both previously in talks to direct, which should give you an idea of the project’s tone.
The spy-thriller is described as follows:
In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.
Spies have long relied on the “honey trap,” whereby vulnerable men and women are intimately compromised. Dominika learns these techniques of “sexpionage” in Russia’s secret “Sparrow School,” hidden outside of Moscow. As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.
This isn’t the only project that may potentially reunite Lawrence and Lawrence — earlier this year the pair were both in talks for the James Cameron-produced The Dive, with Francis Lawrence reportedly circling the helm when Cameron had to bow out from directing the drama himself. It’s unclear if either Francis Lawrence or Jennifer Lawrence are still interested in that project.
Jennifer Lawrence’s schedule is quite busy at the moment — she’s signed on to star in Richard Linklater’s The Rosie Project, as well as the sci-fi film Passengers with Chris Pratt and the war photographer biopic It’s What I Do. It was also recently announced that she’s co-writing a comedy film with Amy Schumer in which the pair will play sisters.