Jennifer Lawrence’s first collaboration with David O. Russell – on the film Silver Linings Playbook – earned the Hunger Games/X-Men star an Oscar; she then went on to earn a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work on Russell’s American Hustle. It’s for related reasons that the duo’s latest project together, Joy is one of the more anticipated end of year releases for 2015.
Joy is based on the true life story of Joy Mangano, who rose from struggling single mother to head of the multi-million dollar company Ingenious Designs LLC (which created such common household items as the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers). Like many of Russell’s films Joy centers on the struggle of the working class american family, as illustrated by the first trailer for the film (showing Joy working dead end jobs on her way to happiness and power).
A new poster for Joy – which also features Lawrence’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle costars Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper in supporting roles – has been released. Joy, as directed by Russell based on a script he adapted from an earlier draft by Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), thus marks the third collaboration for those three actors and Russell in just four years.
The new Joy poster (which you can see below) is all about Lawrence. She stands front and center, alone and looking up to the sky; her bold figure set against the soft blue snowy background, to positive effect.
Joy costume designer Michael Wilkinson, who also handled the superhero outfit designs for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, had the following to say about the costumes in Russell’s new film (via People’s Choice):
I think the trailer says it all. The film is going to be an impassioned, highly original work that will blow any expectations out of the water. Jen is a dream — so much fun to be around, her energy is infectious and her talents are immense. She had 35 costumes in the film that spanned over 30 years. David O. Russell was after a timeless, classic look that avoids the clichés and expectations of a given decade — so the film has a very special, genuine look.
It seems like (going by the poster and trailer) both De Niro and Cooper will be taking a backseat to Lawrence in Joy – a change from past Russell films like American Hustle. With Lawrence leading a supporting cast that also includes Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), Elisabeth Röhm (The Client List), and Édgar Ramírez (Point Break (2015)), Joy is certainly something for Lawrence and/or Russell fans to look forward to seeing.
Joy opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox, People’s Choice