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Why You Should Be Excited for Taylor Sheridan’s Upcoming Action Series

When it comes to creating movies and TV shows, many creators have a specific genre or field that they focus on. For instance, James Wan is known for his horror films, while George A. Romero was an expert in creating zombie classics like Night of the Living Dead. Similarly, Taylor Sheridan has made a name for himself with his Western dramas, which are consistently top-notch. However, he’s venturing into new territory with his latest project, the upcoming Paramount Plus exclusive series, Special Ops: Lioness.

Special Ops: Lioness is a thrilling series created by Taylor Sheridan and starring Zoe Saldana. The trailer promises a well-made and exciting show, but fans are eager to see if it will live up to Sheridan’s previous works. The series follows the story of Joe, a CIA operative on a dangerous mission to take down terrorists who have infiltrated the organization. Joe and her team must get close to the terrorists’ partners and daughters, and execute the targets when the time is right. But as Joe juggles her personal and professional life, she must also ensure that no other operatives under her bail out on the mission, putting the entire operation at risk.

The teaser for the series, released on the Paramount+ YouTube channel, showcases the high-quality production and tension that viewers can expect from the show. With a Mission: Impossible vibe and a world of spies, fans can anticipate a dramatic climax to the series.

One reason to be excited about Special Ops: Lioness is the star-studded cast. Zoe Saldana is an experienced actress, known for her roles in action-packed films like Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy. She takes on a new challenge with this spy role, and fans are eager to see her performance. The series also features Laysla De Oliveira, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Kelly, among other notable actors.

But the main reason for the series’ popularity is screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. Known for his Western dramas, Sheridan has been praised for his work on projects like Yellowstone and Hell or High Water. While Special Ops: Lioness is a departure from his usual genre, fans have high expectations for the series.

Special Ops: Lioness will premiere exclusively on Paramount+ on July 23, 2023, and fans are counting down the days until they can watch the thrilling new series.

Many movie and television creators have a specific field in which they focus their efforts. For example, James Wan is a horror enthusiast, whereas George A. Romero was obsessed with creating zombie classics such as Night of the Living Dead. Similarly, Taylor Sheridan has a thing for Western dramas, and his work in this genre is consistently top-notch. However, he’s switching things up with the upcoming Special Ops: Lioness series.

Special Ops: Lioness is an upcoming Paramount Plus exclusive series created by Taylor Sheridan, starring Zoe Saldana. The trailer makes the show seem exceptionally well-made, but it remains to be seen if it will live up to the creator’s previous works, especially as he is venturing into uncharted territory. Regardless, Special Ops: Lioness is one of the most anticipated series this yearand here’s why viewers should be excited to watch it when it arrives on the Paramount Plus streaming service.


Special Ops: Lioness: What Is It About?

The official teaser for the series was recently released on the Paramount+ YouTube channel, and here is our take based on it. The story, which is based on a real-life CIA undercover mission, involves a team of operatives who find that numerous terrorists have already infiltrated their organization and that, although they discover a few of them, they cannot simply execute them owing to a lack of evidence.

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As a result, the CIA devised an operation in which female agents led by Joe (Zoe Saldana) get close to the terrorists’ partners and daughters. After becoming acquainted with the family, their job is to execute the target when he or she appears. However, Joe must juggle her personal and professional lives while ensuring that no other operatives under her bail out on the mission, exposing the entire operation.

While we elaborated on the plot based on the trailer, the official synopsis for the series reads as follows:

Special Ops: Lionessinspired by an actual US Military program, follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11.”

With its high-quality production and the tension around each clip, the teaser nearly felt like a movie rather than a series. While it has a Mission: Impossible vibeheavily based in the world of spies, we may expect a dramatic climax to the series.

Why You Should Be Excited to Watch It

Special Ops cast and crew
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While the project has already proven interesting since Taylor Sheridan is penning the script, Special Ops: Lioness also features a star-studded cast. Zoe Saldana stars as Joe, a CIA operative on a dangerous mission that puts her and others in harm’s way. The actress needs no introduction as she is currently the only actor to have starred in four separate films grossing over $2 billion at the box office.

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Her portrayals as Neytiri in Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water and Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame have earned her worldwide acclaim. She also appeared in a number of popular films, including Rey Reynolds’ The Adam Project, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trekand the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.

While it is safe to assume that Zoe Saldana is also experienced in action roles, the same cannot be stated for a spy role. However, we are well aware that the actress has never followed a straight line in her career but rather delved into a variety of roles. So it provides us another reason to anticipate what another outstanding performance the established actress has in store for us.

Furthermore, the series has several other notable actors, ensuring that the audience’s attention is maintained at all times. While Laysla De Oliveira (Locke & Key) plays Cruz, the agent who works alongside Joe, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Kelly plays the operation’s heads, Kaitlyn Meade and Donald Westfield, respectively.

While the former won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in The Hours (2003)the latter is a multiple Primetime Emmy nominee, with credits including Dawn of the Dead, Man of Steeland Now You See Me. The series also features a stellar supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, Carla Mansour, Austin Herbert, and many others.

If you think the cast is impressive enough, the main reason for the series’ popularity is screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, widely regarded as the maestro of Western dramas. The writer was previously nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Hell or High Water in 2017 and has also written scripts for projects such as Yellowstone, The Last Cowboy, Tulsa Kingand 1923.

If you’ve seen any of Taylor Sheridan’s prior works, you’ll notice that Special Ops: Lioness will be significantly different from his other ventures, but given that the writer has nearly no flops in his career, the series might be a tremendous success.

Special Ops: Lioness will premiere exclusively on Paramount+ on July 23, 2023.

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