Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Joel Edgerton circling a role in Red Sparrow opposite Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence and regular Hunger Games sequels director Francis Lawrence are teaming back up for an adaptation of espionage thriller novel Red Sparrow. And with that all still in the works, news arrives via Deadline that Joel Edgerton (Warrior) might be joining the duo.

Jason Matthews' 2014 tome is set in modern day Russia and would see Lawerence playing Dominika Egorova, an intelligence officer who must survive in the tough bureaucracy of the post-Soviet Russian spy machine. She is pressed into service as a 'sparrow', a trained seductress, and is sent to target Nathanial Nash (potentially Edgerton), a young CIA officer who has been assigned to investigate the Russian intelligence system.

Naturally, their encounters are charged with attraction and sexual energy and soon their relationship is putting both of them at risk. Things take another turn when she is recruited by the CIA to root out a high-level traitor in Washington. It could be a solid pairing for the actors, and has a script from Justin Haythe (The Lone Ranger), who himself re-wrote a draft by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle).

Edgerton will next be back on our screens in Loving, which will be out here on 3 February next year.

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