This November we will witness the final chapter in the massively popular Hunger Games franchise, when the last of four movies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 hits theaters. Though this marks one conclusion, it doesn’t appear to be the end of the road for the professional relationship between star Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence, no relation. The two will reportedly team up once again for the spy thriller Red Sparrow.
Deadline reports that, while there is no official deal in place at the moment, the Academy Award-winning actress is interested in joining Red Sparrow at Fox. Should this deal go down, it will reunite her with Francis Lawrence, who helmed three of the four Hunger Games movies—all but the first one. At least it likely will, as he hasn’t officially signed on the dotted line either, though according to sources, he is very close to coming to terms with the studio.
Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow is set in modern day Russia, and follows the exploits of Dominika Egorova, a state intelligence officer—presumably the role Lawrence is up for. She struggles against the strict rules and crushing bureaucracy she finds in the post-USSR spy game, and unwilling becomes a “sparrow,” and agent trained to specialize in seducing her targets.
When her duties put her up against a new CIA officer, Nathanial Nash, who handles all of the agency’s Russian intel, things get complicated. There is sexual attraction, deception, shifting loyalties, and danger, you know, all of the things you want out of a thrilling espionage adventure. Dominika eventually tries to exact revenge against her handlers and dig out some high-level moles in the U.S. as well as Russia. The story is described as being very topical, especially in the post-Snowden era.
This sounds like it could very well wind up as one hell of an exciting potboiler, and it’s easy to imagine Lawrence killing it in the lead. Gone Girl and The Social Network helmer David Fincher was attached to Red Sparrow at one point, though that never panned out. Eric Warren Singer, who penned American Hustle, which also starred Lawrence, wrote the script, though Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, The Lone Ranger) has been hired to give it a rewrite.
We’ll see Jennifer Lawrence a couple more times before the year is out. She’ll lead a revolution as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 this November, and she reteams with David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro for Joy in December. One of those promises to be a box office juggernaut, while the other is tailor-made to mix it up come end-of-the-year awards season.