At just 25 years of age, Jennifer Lawrence is easily one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, with two blockbuster franchises under her belt, The Hunger Games and the X-Men prequels. With the final Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, currently in theaters, and her X-Men trilogy coming to a close next year with X-Men: Apocalypse, many are wondering what's next for this talented actress. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Jennifer Lawrence, who revealed that she is planning on making her directorial debut soon, with a dark comedy entitled Project Delirium.
"I'd also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I've wanted to act. I just don't talk about it because I'd rather just do it. I've signed on to direct something called Project Delirium - it's based on this article about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong."
The film is based on a 2012 New Yorker article entitled Operation Delirium, which chronicles secret U.S. Army experiments that took place during the Cold War, between the years 1960 and 1969. These experiments were conducted by Colonel James S. Ketchum, where he tried to come up with a mixture of chemicals that would incapacitate, but not kill, our enemies. He experimented on more than 5,000 soldiers, using a number of different chemicals such as LSD, BZ and even marijuana, which caused severe mental damage in many of the patients. A number of these patients have filed a class action lawsuit against the government for these experiments, where Colonel James S. Ketchum is expected to be the "star witness."
Jennifer Lawrence certainly won't be the first actor to transition into directing, with a number of A-list stars such as George Clooney and Angelina Jolie moving behind the camera. At 25 years old, though, she may be one of the youngest to do so. The actress revealed that she has wanted to direct ever since she started acting as a teenager, but she didn't think she was ready at the time.
"It's funny, I've wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn't have been ready. Now I actually feel ready."
Jennifer Lawrence is currently filming the sci-fi drama Passengers with Chris Pratt, which is set for release on December 21, 2016. She also recently signed on for an untitled indie movie with director Darren Aronofsky, and she is also teaming up with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence on a project dubbed Red Sparrow. She is also co-writing an Untitled Comedy with Amy Schumer that they both plan to star in. What do you think about Jennifer Lawrence making her directorial debut? You can also visit The New Yorker to read the full article this project is based on.