Darren Aronofsky Eyeing Spy Thriller ‘Red Sparrow’

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Darren Aronofsky is someone that is hard to pigeonhole. Most people who don’t really watch his movies just dismiss him as an art house director, but he is much more than that. He also is someone who drifts through genres, never seeming to repeat himself. Now, word comes that his next movie might be an adaptation of the spy thriller Red Sparrow.

If this surprises anyone, they really haven’t paid attention to the man’s career.

Aronofsky started his career with a true art house film in Pi and then quickly followed that up with one of the most disturbing drug movies of all time in Requiem for a Dream. After that, he hit the sci-fi genre with The Fountain, went indie with The Wrestler and then moved on to a more mainstream effort with his psychological thriller Black Swan. Now, he is working on his largest movie to date, a Russell Crowe starring Biblical epic about the life of Noah.

Nothing is off-limits for Aronofsky and this movie sounds like something I will be keeping an eye on.

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

With Aronofsky behind the camera, I see this movie being something comparable to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which remains one of my favorite spy movies. Aronofsky is always someone to watch, and this one has piqued my interest, even more that Noah.

SOURCE: Deadline

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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