Red Sparrow

We all know and love Jennifer Lawrence; she’s extremely talented and uncommonly relatable as a human being. However, she just became cool on a whole other level. The Hollywood icon is the star of a brand new super cool spy movie called “Red Sparrow”, which opens this weekend. The best part, the dance world gets a shoutout!

In the movie, Lawrence’s character is a ballerina who turns spy. And don't worry - we know the dancing is going to be good, because it’s not actually Jennifer Lawrence dancing! While the young actress had to train hard and fast to become proficient enough for some of the filming, it’s really American Ballet Theater’s very own Isabella Boylston up on stage. The ABT Principal dancer was asked by choreographer Justin Peck to be Jen’s body double, and basically her dance stunt double. Boylston took the job, and it’s a good thing that she did. Because as much as we loved the dance routine in “Silver Linings Playbook,” ballet is not necessarily Miss Lawrence’s forte.

Red Sparrow - Jennifer Lawrence & Isabella Boylston
Red Sparrow - Jennifer Lawrence & Isabella Boylston

The movie will hit theaters this Friday, and it’s sure to bring in big crowds. And thankfully, ballet will be represented with exceptional beauty and strength with Boylston behind the camera. And kudos to Jennifer Lawrence - ballet is hard to learn in a lifetime, let alone a few months! Check out the trailer below, and please keep in mind that the film is rated R, and is deemed unsuitable for children and teenagers.



About the author

Keira Whitaker is a dedicated teacher, performer, and choreographer, who has been dancing for the past 21 years. She recently graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BFA in Dance performance and a minor in English.