WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence on Black Widow vs. Red Sparrow and The Hunger Games

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Feb 28, 2018, 1:30 PM EST

Director Francis Lawrence re-teams with his The Hunger Games franchise star Jennifer Lawrence in this week's Red Sparrow and comparisons to Natasha Romanoff's Black Widow character in the Marvel Universe are bound to emerge.

Stars Joel Edgerton and Lawrence are keen on the originality and intensity in their Russian espionage thriller likened to hardcore cinematic Cold War spy stories of the '80s. The R-rated film, based on former CIA operative Jason Matthews' 2013 novel, is free to launch into its own trajectory unfettered by any pre-existing universe or franchise.


SYFY WIRE sat down with Red Sparrow's headlining pair to dissect what this sexy high-stakes thriller will showcase, debate similarities to Black Widow and Atomic Blonde, hear what it's like reuniting Francis and his Hunger Games crew once again, and cast potential superheroes in Vanderpump Rules.

Have a listen and let us know if you'll take flight to catch Red Sparrow when it arrives on March 2.