First Look Released For Taylor Sheridan's Upcoming CIA Thriller With Zoe Saldana

Taylor Sheridan's upcoming series "Special Ops: Lioness" looks like it's going to be a fun ride for action and adrenaline junkies.

There's been lots of whispers about the series with Zoe Saldana, Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman ever since word broke a long time ago the "Yellowstone" creator was going to push into the war/espionage world. Everything Sheridan has touched so far has turned to gold.

At this point, you're only kidding yourself if you're not a fan of his work. With "Yellowstone" ending, fans of his work will soon look for new options. It appears "Special Ops: Lioness" will get the job done.

Paramount+ released the following detail about the series:

SPECIAL OPS: LIONESS is based on a real-life program and follows Cruz Manuelos (De Oliveira), a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within. Saldaña will play Joe, the station chief of the Lioness program tasked with training, managing and leading her female undercover operatives.

Photos released for Taylor Sheridan's "Special Ops: Lioness."

Now, the first photos from the series are out, and it looks like Zoe Saldana will be putting in work. She geared up in several of the photos while Kidman's character is much more suited for an office.

It might be easy for some to scoff at the idea of female operators, but believe or not, there have been very real programs that include female operators.

None that are publicly known about were more successful than the Cultural Support Team. The CST provided highly-trained female operators to elite military units, including direct action units.

Members of the CST were often embedded with the Army Rangers and Delta Force also has a female component that is shrouded in mystery.

Yes, there are women who roll into hot zones, and a couple of them have died while on target with direct action operators.

Don't take my word for it. Jesse Boettcher served as an Army operator for more than a decade and while he can't get into specific details, he's more than happy to praise the unnamed women involved with special operations.

As he noted during our interview, the number is incredibly small but these women do exist.

Taylor Sheridan is the man to tell this story.

If there's one man capable of shining a light on female operators, it's definitely Taylor Sheridan. What makes Sheridan's storytelling so great is that it gets into the nitty, gritty details of all aspects of the journey.

Lots of people died during the war on terror. It was brutal, and it was brutal on a level most people will never understand.

Guys in special operations, and the women attached, are just twiddling their thumbs. They kill people, and that can stay with them for years after the fact. As anyone who watched my interview with Dave Nielsen can tell you, it's blood and terrible at times. Bad guys just need to die.

Sheridan is known for being incredibly gritty and dark. You can't tell the story of the GWOT without being gritty and dark, especially anything involving special operations.

That's why I have no doubt "Special Ops: Lioness" is going to be an epic journey.

"Special Ops: Lioness" is slated to premiere at some point this year. When it does, there's a 100% chance I'll be watching. Something tells me most of you will too.

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David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture. He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics. Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.