Adding "House of Cards" to his sparkling resume, Fincher indeed seems a good tap for Fox's "Red Sparrow" — a modern day thriller circling around sexpionage, featuring none other than recent Fincher muse Rooney Mara.
"The story is set in present-day Russia, and Mara would play Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, who struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the art of ‘sexpionage,’ Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole. The two begin a relationship that puts both of them, and a network of spies, in grave danger. Dominika winds up seeking revenge against her soulless masters, and living a fatal double life after she is recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington." (Summary by Deadline).
Tempered with Fincher's unflattering look at behind-the-scenes politics and his grasp for the collective thematic undercurrent, this sounds indeed... promising? Well, let's just watch this play out for a while.