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
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
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?