“Are you ready to play outside the lines?” Nicole Kidman questions an undercover agent in the first full trailer for Special Ops: Leona, the latest Taylor Sheridan series to hit Paramount+. While Sheridan is now best known for his yellow stone franchise, this trailer offers a reminder that he was also the writer behind Denis Villeneuve. Hitmanand Lioness looks much more along those lines.
The show follows Joe, a CIA agent played by Zoe Saldana, who works for what’s known as the Lioness Program, run by Kidman’s Kaitlyn Meade and Donald Westfield (Michael Kelly). Saldana recruits Marine Raider Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira). “You have no family, you have no friends, you were abused until you gave yourself to me,” Joe tells Cruz. “Now you have a purpose and it is noble.” Joe and Cruz head to a “real-time scenario” where they work to stop an impending terrorist attack.
The series, which is based on a real-life US military show, features Morgan Freeman in a key role, while the trailer also highlights appearances by Jennifer Ehle and Martin Donovan. Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, it marks the latest on Sheridan’s list that includes yellow stone spin offs 1883 and 1923as well as king of tulsa and Kingstown Mayor. With Special Ops: Leonahis other projects yet to be released are the film starring Billy Bob Thornton earth man and Lawmen: Bass Reeves with Dennis Quaid.
The first two Lioness episodes air on July 23.