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How Luc Besson's Anna Sets Up a Sequel

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Anna, in theaters now.

When it comes to the spy world, there's hardly ever a case of one getting out and staying out. Although Luc Besson's Anna ends with the titular heroine (Sasha Luss) breaking free from KGB and CIA control, the movie sets up a few directions that might put her back into the sights of these organizations.

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THE AMERICAN HUNT

The film ends with Anna blackmailing the CIA and KGB with intel she stole from both. The KGB backs off, with Anna helping install Olga (Helen Mirren) as its head by killing the previous chief. However, she really doesn't have any sort of similar understanding with the Americans. Lenny (Cillian Murphy), her CIA handler and ex-lover, was very bitter at the movie's conclusion and dropped not-so-subtle hints he'd come for her, as she wasn't American and they owed her no loyalty.

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Anna does know all her intel has an expiration date of six months, so a future story might see the CIA and a revenge-seeking Lenny hunting this double-crosser. She's even in New York, so the sequel could be along the lines of John Wick: Parabellum, with Anna knowing she has to find some way out of America within that time frame. There's even the possibility she might bargain with them by doing one more job for Lenny in order to close a deal with the CIA, like she did with Olga.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ANNA'S PAST

We also find out Anna's parents were killed in a seemingly accidental car crash in the '80s. However, when we're getting her backstory, Lenny mentions how he needs Anna on the inside of the KGB, because at beginning of the movie, his agents in Russia were found, abducted and killed. He implies Anna's parents may have been double agents working for America, resulting in the KGB murdering them. Hints are dropped this treason is why the KGB and Alex (Luke Evans) were able to find Anna and weaponize her.

A sequel might follow Anna hunting the truth down just like the Bourne movies, which would certainly bring her up against Lenny and Alex -- men who've been manipulating her life for years -- once more.

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OLGA'S RETURN

At the end of the film, Olga has become the head of the KGB, and it's revealed she plotted with Anna to kill her predecessor. Anna blackmails Olga with recordings of them plotting, resulting in the latter wiping the former's record amd absolving her of treason. But there's also the chance Olga genuinely did care for Anna as a daughter, which might lead to one last mission.

Killing the head of the KGB isn't any easy feat, so Olga might need Anna to run off-the-books hits to protect her secrets. Olga did hint there are times she can't trust her own people, which is why she schemed with Anna, and seeing as Olga was just like Anna in her day -- a mercurial killer and seductress -- a sequel reuniting them would once more give us the master and apprentice dynamic we enjoyed in this film. Luss and Mirren have amazing chemistry together, paving the way for a black-ops adventure befitting characters like Nick Fury, Winter Soldier and Black Widow, and pitting them as rogue KGB agents.

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Directed by Luc Besson, Anna stars Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov and Eric Godon.

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