The biggest deal happening in Hollywood right now means war for Jennifer Lawrence.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is nearly set to bring Lawrence on board an untitled feature film based on a bestselling non-fiction book, with Steven Spielberg directing. The movie will be based on "It's What I Do," the memoir of war photographer Lynsey Addario, who began her career in Afghanistan as U.S. troops invaded the country after 9/11.
Addario’s career has spanned the globe, as she documented dangerous conflicts in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and elsewhere. Among the more harrowing of her adventures was being kidnapped in 2011 by pro-Qaddafi forces, while toting her camera into war-torn Libya.
Needless to say, any news about a new movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is good news. But here’s why the announcement of her next project has us especially thrilled.
Did somebody say “Spielberg”?
J-Law has been the darling of David O. Russell and Harvey Weinstein, and that’s nothing to sniff at. But putting her in a major motion picture with one of the most renowned directors of our time at the helm? This is gonna be gold, you guys.
There won't be a sequel.
Much as we love Lawrence in action-hero mode in "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men," she's mentioned more than once that she's experiencing franchise burnout -- and we want to see her spreading her wings in a variety of diverse roles. The nice thing about this one? When it's done, it's done.
It’s got authentic grit.
Although Lawrence isn’t a stranger to portraying a real person onscreen — we’ll see her later this year in "Joy" as Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop — this story will put her back in touch with the toughness she showed in “Winter’s Bone,” the movie that landed her on Hollywood’s A-list radar and made her an Oscar-nominated star. And speaking of statuettes…
It’s got Oscar written all over it.
From its war-story cred to its famous director to the fact that it’s a biopic — and you know the Academy loves those — this movie sounds like it’s pretty much guaranteed to land Jennifer her fourth Oscar nod. Not too shabby.