Five Things You Need To Know About Luc Besson’s ‘Anna’

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When Anna drops this summer, the film will join a long list of movies about female action stars who kick-a** and take names on the big screen.

The thriller from director Luc Besson sees its main character, Anna, launching herself into a brutal, unforgiving world of intrigue. This blend of espionage laden escapism and gritty action is brought to life through standout performances and fight choreography. UPROXX is here to give you everything you need to know going into the theater on June 21 when Anna premieres.

1. Newcomer Sasha Luss’ Connection To Besson’s Past Films

Russian supermodel Sasha Luss popped up on the big screen for the first time in another Luc Besson epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Luss played the Princess Lihö-Minaa, who sacrificed her soul before her home planet was destroyed. In Besson’s latest action flick, she plays the titular master assassin everyone seems to be chasing, a good thing considering Luss is used to the limelight.

A Moscow native, Luss began her modeling career as a young teen. She’s since worked for campaigns including Dior, Chanel, and Valentino, walked in Paris Fashion Week for Balmain, and for Prada, Calvin Klein, and Lanvin. She follows in the footsteps of model-turned-action-heroines Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element and Cara Delevingne in Valerian; both of which were directed by Besson.

2. The Film Has An Impressive Supporting Cast

While Luss is a fresh face on the big screen, Besson’s supporting players are established award-winning actors with thrilling range. Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren plays the mysterious, heavily-accented Olga, who may or may not be one of Anna’s Russian handlers. In the film’s trailer, Mirren sports a dark wig and thick-rimmed glasses while smoking a cigarette and questioning Luss’ femme fatale, pointing to a tense relationship between the two women. Mirren’s appeared in action flicks before, but sussing out the motivations of her character seems to be our job (and Anna’s) as Olga might be the one pulling the strings.