David O. Russell to Direct ‘The Ends of the Earth’

The filmmaker reunites with Jennifer Lawrence in this drama about an oil tycoon who has an affair with his adopted daughter.
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David O. Russell to Direct ‘The Ends of the Earth’

David O. Russell will direct The Ends of the Earth After directing Jennifer Lawrence to her second Oscar nomination in Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell is reuniting with the actress by signing on to make The Ends of the Earth. The actress has been attached to the project since August.

Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio wrote the script, based on the true story of an oil tycoon who lost everything after engaging in an affair with his adopted daughter. Jennifer Lawrence will play the daughter, Lydie Marland, although the oil baron Ernest Marland has not been cast yet. Here's what David O. Russell had to say about working with Jennifer Lawrence again.

"Jennifer possesses a self-deprecating humor that made all of the cast and crew feel at ease. She is that kind of person. She is the most dedicated person I know. She is devoted to her family, and they have been the true inspiration for her character and integrity. Her acting is effortless, and she always makes it look easy."

Todd Black, Steve Tisch, and Jason Blumenthal are producing through their Escape Artists company. Production will likely begin after the director wraps on the Untitled David O. Russell Project, which also has a Silver Linings Playbook connection. Bradley Cooper signed on to star back in July, with Jennifer Lawrence joining the cast just last week.

The Ends of the Earth was released in 2013.

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  • dan1 • 3 years ago

    @thedude-abides It seems he's moved beyond Clooney. I don't fear that happening.

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    • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

      @dan1 Oh yeah, I forgot about him working with George Clooney on Three Kings, lol. I'm sure you're hoping that's one actor he never works with again.

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      • skywise • 3 years ago

        Knock another one out of the park Mr Russell.

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        • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

          @ejk1 Lol! True.

          @dan1 Agreed. Definitely an enjoyable and talented group of actors he surrounds himself with.

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          • ejk1 • 3 years ago

            Interesting. Kind of a Lolita story, or even more to the point, Woody Allen's real life.

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            • dan1 • 3 years ago

              @thedude-abides I like the people he surrounds himself with. You know how directors/actors run in cliques. His is full of people I enjoy seeing on screen.

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              • dan1 • 3 years ago

                Russell+Lawrence= no brainer for me. I don't even care what the plot is.

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                • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

                  Damn. This sounds smutty :D

                  O. Russell has really come on strong of late with projects such as Abscam and Ends of the Earth, which look to be equally as promising. Needless to say, I can't wait for either.

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                  • narrator • 3 years ago

                    I'm excited for this project, though I'm surprised they cast Lawrence instead of someone like Elizabeth Olson or another stereotyped "girl" actress. Oh, well. Going against the grain may just pay off in this instance.

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