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Jennifer Lawrence Spy Thriller Red Sparrow Wants A Mature, Hard-R Rating

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Looking at Jennifer Lawrence's filmography, the actress has acted in a wide variety of projects since the start of the decade, from blockbuster fare like The Hunger Games and X-Men movies to quieter stories like Silver Linings Playbook and Joy. She'll be staying on that path for the near future, as this fall, Lawrence will appear in the Darren Aronofsky-helmed psychological horror film mother!, and she'll follow that up early next year with the spy flick Red Sparrow. Regarding the latter, director Francis Lawrence has made sure that Red Sparrow won't fall into PG-13 territory, as he specifically envisioned the movie to be rated R. When asked about Red Sparrow's potential rating, he said:

It's definitely R. When I read the book and I made the pitch to the studio about what my approach would be, this was a definite R. Nobody's chickened out, nobody's gotten cold feet, everybody's gone for it from the beginning. It was a hard R.

CinemaBlend's own Conner Schwerdtfeger was in attendance at 20th Century Fox's London presentation of some of their upcoming movies, and during the Red Sparrow section, Francis Lawrence assured everyone that Red Sparrow will be aiming for an R rating from the MPAA. It's how he wanted to tackle this since reading the Red Sparrow book, and fortunately for him, the studio was game for that approach. So rest assured, folks who've read the novel and Jennifer Lawrence fans in general, it sounds like this movie won't be for the squeamish. Violence, cursing, suggestive material, you name it. This will be a movie targeted directly at adults that younger viewers will have to wait to watch...assuming they just don't get ahold of it when it arrives on home media.

Like the original book written by Jason Matthews, the Red Sparrow movie will revolve around a modern day Russian spy named Dominika Egorova who was trained to become a "Sparrow," i.e. a seductress who can obtain valuable information from the enemy. After being sent to work her magic on a CIA agent, she instead falls for him and considers becoming a double agent for the U.S. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, the main cast includes Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Mary-Louise Parker and Joely Richardson. This will be director Francis Lawrence's fourth time working with Lawrence, having previously directed her in the Hunger Games entries Catching Fire, Mockingjay --- Part 1 and Mockingjay ---Part 2.

Red Sparrow hits theaters on March 2, 2018, and it's currently the only movie scheduled for that opening weekend. While we wait for its release, check out our 2017 movie schedule to find out what's coming out the rest of this year, which includes Lawrence's other movie, mother!, coming out on October 13.

Adam Holmes

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