Upcoming Cold War spy thriller Red Sparrow will see Jennifer Lawrence as a highly-trained Russian operative. While it’s fiction, a lot of it is based on reality.

Well, according to its author, Jason Matthews, who spent much of his life as a CIA agent. The book was optioned for a movie before it even released, making the guy a tidy seven figure sum.

The featurette below gives a little more insight into the film’s story and the people both behind and in it, featuring interview snippets with Matthews, Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling and more.

Red Sparrow – also starring Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons – is flitting into Australian cinemas on March 1.

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