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This is what happens when you take too long. Someone beats you to the punch.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, Red Sparrow has Jennifer Lawrence playing Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina who submits to training in a secret spy program. The film is based on a book by Jason Matthews but, if you know the Black Widow’s comics history, you can’t help but be reminded of the Avengers’ femme fatale while this trailer rolls.

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The classical dance background, a hidden intelligence operation that turns young women into killers, and the tense rivalry with American espionage operatives... these are all elements that are part of the Black Widow mythos. They could still show up if/when a Black Widow movie ever happens but now those ingredients will have the whiff of deja vu around them.

Red Sparrow opens on March 2, 2018.