With an Oscar win and leading roles in two massive Hollywood franchises, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most in-demand talents in the industry. And she’s always finding a way to keep herself busy. This fall, audiences will have a chance to see multiple sides of the actress, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and awards hopeful Joy will open within a month of each other.
It should come as no surprise that directors are frequently eyeing Lawrence to star in their next project, and it appears the multitude of offers on her table has caused Lawrence to reconfigure and prioritize her upcoming schedule. As she looks to join forces with Darren Aronofsky on his latest venture, Richard Linklater will need to find a new headliner for his upcoming film.
Variety is reporting that Lawrence is in talks to star in an untitled indie film Aronofsky has pegged as his next movie. There’s no word on what the plot might be, but the director is hoping to get the film made quickly. He’s reportedly reaching out to actors now and aims to commence principal photography in the spring. The film is currently without distribution, but that should change if Lawrence finalizes a deal. Since Aronofsky has a first-look deal with New Regency, there’s a chance it ends up there.
With Lawrence close to teaming up with Aronofsky, The Wrap says she has dropped out of her potential collaboration with Boyhood helmsman Richard Linklater. She had entered talks to star in The Rosie Project in July, but apparently nothing came through. It would have been an interesting role for Lawrence; the film revolves around an inept genetics professor who formulates a detailed survey to find the perfect wife. The merits of the system are questioned when he meets Rosie (who Lawrence would have played), a woman whom he falls for despite not meeting any of his criteria.
There was no reason given for why Lawrence exited The Rosie Project. It’s possible that schedule conflicts were a culprit. She’s currently shooting sci-fi romance drama Passengers with Chris Pratt and will then jump to the Aronofksy film shortly after that wraps. It’s unknown when Linlater was looking to start production on Rosie Project, but something evidently came up to prevent Lawrence from doing both. In all likelihood, the shooting timetables for the two would have clashed, and Lawrence was more interested in doing the film with Aronofsky.
Regardless, seeing those two collaborate should be a treat for cinephiles. Aronofsky is one of the more unique directors in the business, and he’s always very ambitious when tackling his films. It will also be nice to see Lawrence work with a prestige director who is not David O. Russell. Not that that pairing hasn’t been fruitful, but teaming up with a new filmmaker could push Lawrence out of her comfort zone and provide a new set of challenges that could reap substantial creative benefits in the end. No matter what this mystery film is, it will be fascinating to see it come into fruition.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on that status of The Rosie Project and Darren Aronofksy’s next film. Lawrence can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 20, 2015.