Jennifer Lawrence To Star In War Photographer Biopic By Steven Spielberg

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We all know that Jennifer Lawrence can do tasty Oscar bait as well as she can set the world ablaze, but the latest project she's signed on for might take her to the next level. 

Lawrence will play Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer Lynsey Addario in a biopic that will be directed by none other than professional Oscar collector Steven Spielberg. Addario's book It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love And War, which came out in February, sparked a bidding war between major industry players. According to Deadline, Darren Aronofsky wanted it for Natalie Portman, Working Title Films was hoping to get it for Reese Witherspoon, The Weinsteins were trying to snag it for George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street) was also interested. 

You might notice a little something about the actresses mentioned above. With the exception of Robbie, they're all at least in the same age range as Addario, who is 41. Addario's autobiography kicks off with 9/11 and how it changed the course of her career, which would mean the onscreen Addario would be around 27. That's not too far of a cry for Lawrence, who is 24, but it would have been very cool to see some other — perhaps older — actresses take a crack at this challenging role. 

Either way, we'll be lining up to see what's sure to be a serious stunner. She's already booked for X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated for release in May, 2016, and is rumored to focus on her character Mystique's relationship with young Magneto (Michael Fassbender). If that's the case, she'll be pretty busy doing superhero stuff for a while. She's currently filming Joy, directed by Silver Linings Playbook's David O. Russell; as of now, there's no start date for filming. 

Meanwhile, you can read a snippet of Addario's book over at The New York Times Magazine, in an article provocatively titled, "What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything." [People]

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