‘Special Ops: Lioness’ Teaser: Zoe Saldaña And Nicole Kidman Lead Taylor Sheridan’s New CIA Thriller Series

Tired of so many Yellowstone shows and miss the Taylor Sheridan who made hard-hitting, shadowy thrillers like Sicario? Then Sheridan’s latest show, Special Ops: Lioness, could be exactly what you’re looking for when it hits Paramount+ next month.

The female-driven CIA series boats Zoe Saldaña and Nicole Kidman in its cast, and centers on The Lioness Program, an actual military program in the war on terrorism. Into this program is a new recruit, a young Marine played by Laysla De Oliveira, who is tasked with befriending a terrorist’s daughter to infiltrate the organization.

Also in the cast are Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur, and Hannah Love Lanier. Morgan Freeman, Michael Kelly, and Sam Asghari, and Martin Donovan.

But clearly, it’s Saldaña and Kidman, who also serve as producers, that will be the biggest draw along with Sheridan himself. Does he have another hit series on his hands, and will this one be the first in a growing franchise?

Special Ops: Lioness hits Paramount+ on July 23rd.

Travis Hopson
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