Though the final installment of the wildly popular Hunger Games series is set to be released in theaters this November, it seems the working relationship between lead star Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence is far from over with the news that the pair may reteam for a film adaptation of Russian espionage novel Red Sparrow.
As first reported by Deadline, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is set to helm the adaptation of author Jason Matthew’s bestselling spy story for Fox. EW has confirmed the director’s participation, as well as that the actress is in talks to play Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorva.
Published in 2013 and drawing heavily from Matthew’s experience as a former CIA officer, Red Sparrow follows Dominika, a highly trained agent assigned to an American intelligence officer as he attempts to expose Russian state secrets in what becomes an international life-and-death operation that unfolds across Moscow and Washington.
With what promises to be lots of butt-kicking and super-sleuth tactics, the role of Dominika seems perfectly suited for Lawrence, who has honed her take-charge nature and action-movie physicality as Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. Though the making of Red Sparrow is likely months away, Mockingjay – Part 2 promises to burn bright by making the most of Lawrence’s firebrand personality.
“There is some serious girl power in this movie,” Lawrence told EW earlier of the franchise’s final installment earlier this year, adding, “I think it’s the most satisfying of the bunch.”
It’s worth noting that Lawrence likes to reteam with familiar directors. Following the upcoming relase of Mockingjay – Part 2, Lawrence will next be seen in Joy, which reunites her with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director David O. Russell. And this isn’t the first time there’s been news of a reunion between her and Francis Lawrence: in January, it was announced that the two would reteam for the James Cameron-produced movie The Dive.
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