Special Ops: Lioness

Special Ops: Lioness


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Joe is a veteran spy training an all-female unit of undercover operatives in the CIA’s Lioness Program

Joe is the station chief for the CIA’s Lioness Program where brilliant women are trained for secret missions in the field. No longer an undercover agent herself, Joe is teaching a new batch of operatives, including a rough-around-the-edges marine, Cruz Manuelos. Cruz is tasked with infiltrating the life of a secretive billionaire who is clandestinely funding a terrorist network. Deception doesn’t come easy to the new recruit who must rely on her mentor and a chain of experienced women across the generations for help in the most difficult mission she's ever faced. 

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What to know

Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman lead this Taylor Sheridan-developed spy thriller

Special Ops: Lioness is a spy thriller television show produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios, and Blossom Films. The show is created by Taylor Sheridan, an American filmmaker known for the shows Yellowstone, 1883 and 1923. Sheridan also serves as the showrunner.

Special Ops: Lioness is led by Zoe Saldana who plays Joe, the station chief of the Lioness Program. She is joined by Laysla De Oliveira who stars as recruit Cruz Manuelos. Legendary Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman stars as Kaitlyn Meade head of the program. Morgan Freeman stars as Secretary of State, Edwin Mullins. Michael Kelly portrays Byron Westfield, deputy director of the CIA. Stephanie Nur stars as Aaliyah. The wider cast includes Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, and James Jordan among others. Special Ops: Lioness was released on Paramount+ on July 23rd, 2023. You can keep up to date with the latest information about Special Ops: Lioness here on JustWatch. Track the show and find out when it will be released in 4K and what your streaming options are.

Production News

  • September 15, 2020
    • Paramount Plus confirms that Taylor Sheridan is working on a spy thriller for the streaming service. (Source: Deadline)
  • February 15, 2022
    • Zoe Saldana joins the cast of the show with Nicole Kidman announced as an executive producer. (Source: Deadline)
  • March 18, 2022
    • Laysla De Oliveira is announced to be starring opposite Zoe Saldana in the Paramount Plus series. The show is tentatively titled ‘Lioness’. (Source: Variety)
  • June 28, 2022
    • Taylor Sheridan is reported to have taken over as showrunner of the series replacing Thomas Brady. (Source: Deadline)
  • January 5, 2023
    • Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman are both announced to be starring. (Source: Deadline)
  • May 5, 2023
    • A set of first-look images depict tense conversations in the offices of the CIA and a wistful intimacy between Stephanie Nur as Aaliyah and Laysla De Oliveira as Cruz Manuelos. (Source: Deadline)
  • June 9, 2023
    • A teaser for the show is released depicting a covert mission and the entire chain of command that created and sanctioned it. Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, and Zoe Saldana are all seen in action. (Source: YouTube)
  • July 11, 2023
    • Laysla De Oliveira, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman all star in the new trailer for the spy thriller. (Source: YouTube)
  • July 23, 2023
    • Special Ops: Lioness was released on Paramount+. (Source: Paramount+)


JustWatch Rating 90%
IMDB 7.7 (25k)


Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Thriller



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Production country

United States


Zoe Saldaña
Laysla De Oliveira
Cruz Manuelos
Dave Annable
Neal McNamara
Jill Wagner
LaMonica Garrett
James Jordan
Two Cups
Austin Hébert
Jonah Wharton
Stephanie Nur
Aaliyah Amrohi
Hannah Love Lanier
Kate McNamara
Nicole Kidman
Kaitlyn Meade