Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are quickly becoming the Burns and Allen of this decade, having already appeared in three movies together. Their fourth will be the autobiographical drama Joy, which gets its first trailer today. The film is not only noteworthy for once again pairing two of today's biggest stars. It also marks the third collaboration between the pair, co-star Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.
Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love. At the heart of this story is Joy Mangano, an American inventor and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. She is the President of Ingenious Designs, LLC, and appears regularly on US television shopping channel HSN. Jennifer Lawrence perfectly captures the nuances of this remarkable lady, and we'll likely see the actress nominated for another Academy Award this winter. She won her first Academy Award in 2012 for Silver Linings Playbook.
Silver Linings Playbook is also notable for being the first movie to star Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper together. They're chemistry proved to be so combustible, and amazing that David O. Russell turned around and hired them for his next project, 2013's American Hustle. The pair then went off on their own and starred in the logging drama Serena, which recently made it's debut on Netflix. The pair don't seem to be tired of each other yet, and it's possible that we'll get even more collaborations in the future.
Joy is opening Christmas Day, and promises to have a lot of competition. It will be following the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two weeks earlier, and arrives on the same day as such eagerly-awaited movies as Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Hateful Eight, Will Smith's Concussion, the Point Break remake and Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant. Once the other studios get a look at 20th Century Fox's new Joy trailer, expect to hear a release date change or two.