Lawrence explained how he understands the observation but that there’s fundamentally little overlap beyond superficial elements:
“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.”
“Most of the movie takes place after she’s injured. There’s a big sequence up front where we have a big ballet, choreographed piece that we worked quite hard on and Jen did a bunch of training for and we had great dance doubles and all that great stuff. Which is very cool, but no that’s almost right away.”
But with Froman’s latest project, Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence insisted she execute 100 percent of the dance. “Francis Lawrence really was adamant from the start that Jennifer Lawrence has to be able to follow the footprint onstage for lighting purposes, as well as editing purposes,” says Froman. Even Froman was unsure that Lawrence (or anyone without prior training) would be able to do the fast solo material due to its complexity. But “she completely mastered every single bit of that material. She did every single section—the solo included,” says Froman. “It’s amazing what, in four months, an actor can achieve.”
“She completely mastered every single bit of that material. She did every single section—the solo included. It’s amazing what, in four months, an actor can achieve.”
– Kurt Froman on Jennifer Lawrence’s ballet dance in Red Sparrow
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Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika Egorova in Red Sparrow (2018).