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Red Sparrow: New Jennifer Lawrence spy film is strictly for adults only

The actor's new film is worlds away from The Hunger Games franchise

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 01 February 2018 13:56
Red Sparrow - Trailer

The US rating for the forthcoming film Red Sparrow proves the Jennifer Lawrence spy adventure won't be for younger audiences.

The film, focusing on a Russian spy trained from childhood as an assassin, has been given a firm R-rating in the US (that's usually a 15 certificate in the UK) for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity further proving that Lawrence's Hunger Games days are behind her.

Red Sparrow, based on the Jason Matthews novel, sees the actor reunite with director Francis Lawrence, with whom she worked with on the final three Hunger Games films, alongside a cast including Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling and Jeremy Irons.

Considering her status as one of the world's most bankable actors, it's impressive to see Lawrence refusing to be restrained by easy box office wins, instead opting to star in projects aimed at older audiences.

Despite this, the gamble didn't pay off with her most recent film, the hugely divisive Darren Aronofsky film mother!, which tanked following a run of terrible reviews and a dreaded (rather unfair) CinemaScore of 'F.'

Still, Lawrence - who won the Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013 - hasn't fully removed herself from the young teen-friendly franchise game with an appearance in X-Men: Dark Phoenix scheduled to arrive November 2018.

Other films to have received their US certificates include stop-motion Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs - the director's first since 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel - and the forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander. Both received PG-13 ratings.

Elsewhere, Annihilation - the next film from Ex Machina writer-director Alex Garland - has been handed an R-rating for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality. Boasting an all-female lead ensemble, the film will be released in the UK on Netflix this March.

All films are yet to receive BBFC classification in the US.

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