Multi-award winning Filmmaker, Francis Lawrence isn’t one to be known for keeping to one genre in his project choices. He has directed a number of music videos to TV commercials, but most famously took the helm of the book adaptations of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 with his Red Sparrow leading lady Jennifer Lawrence (no relation). Three years after working with Jennifer, Francis teams up yet again with the actress on the dark and brutal Red Sparrow which is released in cinemas Thursday the 1st of March.

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We caught up with Francis to spend some time talking about Red Sparrow. He tells us how adapting the film had its challenges due to its complex storyline and how to make it human. He also goes on to explain how even though the film is quite brutal, he didn’t want the picture to be too gratuitous or even interested in making an erotic thriller. He also goes on to explain how he already had Jennifer in mind to play Dominika after reading the book.

You can read our review of the film here.

Watch the interview in full below, RED SPARROW is released in UK cinemas March 1st.


Red Sparrow Synopsis

Based on the book by former CIA officer Jason Matthews, “Red Sparrow” Jennifer Lawrence takes on the role of Dominika, an ex-ballerina turned trained Russian Security service seductress with some killer operative skills that includes using her brains as well as her body to take down the enemy.

She emerges as the most dangerous ‘Sparrow’ the program has ever produced. She must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands. She must also deal with an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.