Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky Team for Untitled Indie Movie
With her final performance as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 just over one month away, Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in an untitled mystery project with director Darren Aronofsky. Variety reports that this project doesn't have a distributor lined up yet, but the filmmaker has been reaching out to actors, in hopes of getting production started this spring. The actress is currently shooting the sci-fi drama Passengers, but she will have plenty of time to shoot the Jennifer Lawrence/Darren Aronofsky Project next year, now that she has completed work on both The Hunger Games and X-Men franchises, which wraps up with next year's X-Men: Apocalypse.
Jennifer Lawrence has a number of projects in various stages of development, but nothing has been given the green light to start production yet. We reported last month that the actress was eyeing Red Sparrow, which would re-team her with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, and she is also teaming up with comedian Amy Schumer for an Untitled Comedy where they will play sisters. We also reported in March that she is attached to star in Warner Bros.' war memoir adaptation It's What I Do, which has Steven Spielberg set to direct.
This new project will be director Darren Aronofsky's next movie, with Variety reporting that he has now backed out of Sony's Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic, which has Channing Tatum set to star. We reported last month that the filmmaker had signed on to direct, but he has now moved on. No plot details were given for this new film, which doesn't have a distributor in place yet, although it may end up landing at New Regency, where the director has a first-look deal.
Earlier this year, Darren Aronofsky brought a script he wrote to New Regency, centering on a boy whose drawings come to life, but the project was shelved after budgetary disputes arose. He then turned his attention to writing this untitled project, in hopes of making it his next directorial endeavor. The filmmaker most recently directed Paramount's big-budget Biblical thriller Noah, which took in $365 million worldwide from a $125 million budget.
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of The Rosie Project, just as she became attached to Darren Aronofsky's untitled film. Richard Linklater is directing The Rosie Project, an adaptation of Graeme Simison's book, which follows a socially-awkward genetics professor, who believes he has come up with the perfect scientific survey to determine a person's perfect mate. His plans go awry when he meets Rosie Jarman, who he falls for despite possessing all of the qualities he shouldn't be looking for.
Jennifer Lawrence will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, in theaters November 20, and then Joy, where she stars alongside Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, which hits theaters on Christmas Day. Next year she'll be seen in X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016) and Passengers (December 21, 2016), and she also has projects such as The Dive and East of Eden in development. What do you think about Jennifer Lawrence joining forces with Darren Aronofsky?