Jennifer Lawrence has been lining up projects all over town, so it’s only reasonable that some will make and others won’t as she comes off two major franchises (X-Men and The Hunger Games) and begins to adjust to the sunlight. The Oscar winner, already in the news this morning for her essay on equal pay for actresses, is tweaking her gameplan as she currently is in production on Passengers, Sony’s sci-fi pic co-starring Chris Pratt and directed by Morten Tyldum.
Lawrence is dropping out of The Rosie Project, the Richard Linklater film (also from Sony) based on the Graeme Simison novel. The book is about a genetics professor with limited social skills who thinks he has conjured a scientific survey to find a perfect mate, which goes awry when he meets Rosie, a mismatched woman who becomes irresistible to him. Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber wrote the script. When Lawrence was attached, it was a much-sought role, and now that will be the case again.
Lawrence now also is attached to director Darren Aronofsky’s next film, an indie that the helmer has been under wraps. There’s no studio deal for this, but Aronofsky does have a first-look deal at New Regency. It’s possible that could be the next pic in this list to go before cameras, but nothing has been set, we’re told.
Scheduling could be behind some of Lawrence’s rejiggering, as Passengers likely won’t end shooting until February. Lawrence does remain attached to Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel at Fox that would be a reteam with Francis Lawrence, her director on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies.
Meanwhile, Lawrence’s final Hunger Games pic is due out November 20, and her latest collaboration with David O Russell, Joy, also from Fox, releases wide on Christmas Day.
THR had the Rosie Project news first, and Variety broke the Aronofsky attachment.