Fox has released a new poster and TV spot for Red Sparrow, the Jennifer Lawrence flick in which Lawrence plays, basically, Marvel's Black Widow. Check out the description:
Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.
When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
If it seems a little weird that Fox is making a Black Widow movie starring Marvel, you have to realize: somebody had to do it. And it wasn't going to be Marvel. Marvel's first movie starring a woman in the lead role will be Captain Marvel, coming out in 2019. Prior to that, Marvel will have released 20 movies, all starring male leads or primarily male ensemble casts, and all directed by men. Captain Marvel, at least, will be co-directed by a woman, Anna Boden, along with Ryan Fleck. Why Marvel, who has a perfectly viable box office star in Scarlett Johansson and has already established the Black Widow as a fan-favorite character in the Avengers franchise, has decided not to is anyone's guess. But they're not doing it, so Fox and Lawrence are instead, and here we are.
Red Sparrow, directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the book by Jason Matthews, hits theaters on March 2nd. Check out the poster and TV spot below; a new trailer is set to hit on Monday.