‘Red Sparrow’ Director Addresses Comparisons To Marvel’s Black Widow

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The trailers for the movie Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence have drawn many comparisons to Marvel’s Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson in the films. Although the new thriller happens to feature ballerinas and female assassins, Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence assures that those are where the similarities begin and end.

In an interview with Screen Rant, Francis Lawrence addresses the comparisons between his film and Black Widow that have been circulating around the internet:

“There’s people who think it’s very similar to the Black Widow story. This is not pulled from [Black Widow], 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.”

Do you feel that the similarities between Red Sparrow and Black Widow are substantial, or is it all much ado about nothing? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

Here is the official synopsis for Red Sparrow:

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.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.

Red Sparrow will hit theaters on March 2, 2018.

Source: Screen Rant

10 Things We’d Love To See In The ‘Black Widow’ Movie

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Black Widow Scarlett Johansson MarvelWith Jac Schaeffer being hired to write the script for a solo Black Widow movie, it seems Marvel may finally be moving forward with this long-awaited spin-off. Of course, the development of the project will most likely depend on what Schaeffer comes up with but fans have been petitioning for a Black Widow movie for years.

Scarlett Johannsson has been portraying the famous character for nearly eight years now, since first being introduced in 2010’s Iron Man 2. With a lot of backstory hinted at in her other Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances, it is unclear whether the Black Widow movie will be an origin story or whether it will follow the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Either way, we’ve chosen ten things we’d love to see in the Black Widow movie. Hit Next to read on.

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