Munich, Germany - The latest BMW 7 Series has joined an elite group of cars chosen to star in big-budget Hollywood movies, alongside icons such as James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, the Transporter’s Audi A8 and a Mustang GT500 named Eleanor.

In the new spy thriller Red Sparrow, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence plays against type as Russian prima ballerina Dominika Egorova, who suffers a career-ending injury and is manipulated into joining a secret intelligence project called the Sparrow School, where exceptional young people are trained to use their minds and bodies as weapons.

Given that ballerinas are the fittest and most disciplined athletes on the planet (Lawrence admits that she had to work hard for several months just to get fit enough to pretend to be a ballerina) it’s unsurprising that Egorova becomes most dangerous Sparrow the program has produced.

Agent of change

The understated black long-wheelbase Seven becomes an agent of change in the development of the plot, as Egorova is driven through the wintry Russian landscape to the secret Sparrow School location - literally moving from one life to another - and later in the storyline it’s used to ferry the Sparrow School’s deadliest graduate to her shadowy assignments.

In addition to Lawrence and the 7 Series, the film stars Joel Edgerton as a CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust, Oscar winner Jeremy Irons as a two-faced Russian general, Charlotte Rampling as the chief instructor of the Sparrow School, Matthias Schoenaert as head of the NKVD (the Russian Secret Service) and Mary-Louise Parker as a US informant.

Red Sparrow opens in cinemas on 2 March.

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