The new Red Sparrow movie starring Jennifer Lawrence has been drawing a lot of comparisons to Marvel’s Black Widow–so much so that now Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence chimes in.
Screen Rant caught up with Lawrence where he offers:
“There’s people who think it’s very similar to the Black Widow story. This is not pulled from BW, this is pulled from Red Sparrow, you know, it’s just like written by a guy who was in the CIA. It’s like, his references are coming from a very very different place from that. But there’ll always be that. People like to put things in boxes, and I think is a really unique film. This is a thriller, it’s not action, again it’s not gadgety. It’s a hard-R. There’s violence, it’s a bit perverse, it’s suspenseful, a lot of intrigue. It ‘s a very different kind of spy film.”
Interestingly enough, a key moment that happens to both Red Sparrow and Black Widow involves ballet, to which Lawrence responds:
“Most of the movie takes place after she’s injured. There’s a big sequence up front where we have a big ballet, choreographed piece that we worked quite hard on and Jen did a bunch of training for and we had great dance doubles and all that great stuff. Which is very cool, but no that’s almost right away.”
Maybe the original writer of Red Sparrow is a Marvel Comics fan?
Red Sparrow hits March 2nd. Watch the trailer below.
Black Widow has also recently been announced to be getting her own movie from Marvel Studios starring Scarlett Johansson.