it was bouncing between Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher to direct, but I haven't been keeping up with it because it's since then slid down the director totem pole to Francis Lawrence, the director of Constantine and I Am Legend. I do remember seeing within the past few months that Jennifer Lawrence was attached to star (which makes sense since Lawrence directed a few of the Hunger Games movies too) but the rest of the cast is what's got me posting about this thing today - Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts are also starring! (And also Jeremy Irons.)
"The film is based on Jason Matthews’ novel of the same name... [it] is set in modern-day Russia in the intelligence bureaucracy with a young woman drafted against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress assigned to operate against a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers fall into a spiral of attraction and deception that results in her leading life as a double agent."
Red Sparrow is actually the first book of a trilogy of books so I think we can all see where this is going. The third book hasn't come out yet but the second one, titled Palace of Treason, came out last summer. Anyone read them? Anyway don't be surprised, since this is the team behind the Hunger Games movies, if they turn three books into twelve movies or whatever.
I am blindly assuming that Joel Edgerton is playing the other "young" intelligence officer that JLaw falls into "a spiral of attraction and deception" with, although he's actually five years older than Matthias is so maybe I'm wrong and they'll give the lesser-known actor the bigger role, but I doubt it. Matthias will presumably be some great big muscly Russian thug, one who, fingers crossed, slams Joel around into walls a bunch with great big sexy gusto. I mean I'd still watch that, obviously. In summation hit the jump for five new pictures of Joel Edgerton looking fine while wearing suits...