Lawrence an easy choice for role
IT WAS on the set of the final film,
that first came to the attention of Francis Lawrence.
The director read and fell in love with Jason Matthews’ best-selling thriller and thought of his
muse Jennifer Lawrence for the lead role.
tells the story of Dominika Egorova, a prima ballerina who, after an accident, cuts short her dancing career. She is forced by her uncle into training as a Sparrow – a Russian spy recruited to seduce enemy agents.
Q: What attracted you to the book?
A: It was a variety of things I think. First and foremost it was the character of Dominika, the part that Jen’s playing. I’ve found that I’m really attracted to stories about really isolated, lonely people and she’s clearly a very isolated, lonely person. But I’m also attracted to stories about people that have very relatable, visceral sort of needs that are then put in these kind of unbelievable situations.
A: It does. It was interesting when we first started this because I was in post on the films when I got the book and started working on the script. I was really drawn to the story but one of the questions we had was just how thematically and politically relevant it would feel. And that has changed in the past year, which is an incredible thing but it adds poignancy.
Q: You’ve worked with Jennifer several times now. What does that offer you?
A: I think she was willing to take some risks in this movie. I think she might not have been willing to do that for somebody she didn’t know. We know how to communicate really efficiently and well and it works.
Q: Jennifer’s character Dominika is a ballerina and Jennifer said during Silver Linings Playbook that she can’t dance. So how did that go down?
A: She wanted to do all the training and the working out and try her best, but we also knew we were going to need a double for the big dance shots.