Jennifer Lawrence is a busy young lady these days, and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon. The Hunger Games actress has five films coming out between now and 2016, and one of them may be an Oscar contender.
Lawrence and David O. Russell will be working together again, this time on the story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. The 24-year old will take the lead, playing a single mom in her 30’s who becomes an entrepreneur with her quick-selling invention. Russell has tapped Annie Mumolo of Bridesmaids fame to pen the script.
“He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, ‘I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the [Miracle] Mop. You want to do it?’ And I was like, yeah. I could just imagine David looking at somebody mopping and being like, ‘Yeah, that’s my next screenplay,'” Lawrence said recently.
Lawrence and Russell have already had two successes together; the actress won an Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook, and earned a nomination for American Hustle. Now, with a Christmas 2015 release date set, it looks like Joy might be an Oscar contender as well.
Russell found himself in a bit of controversy back in January when he made a comment about Lawrence’s prior commitment to the Hunger Games franchise, comparing it to slavery.
“I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money. But she’s a very alive person. I’ll tell you what it is about that girl — talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is,” “I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money. But she’s a very alive person.” Russell said. “I’ll tell you what it is about that girl — talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is,” he said.
Russell later apologized, saying, “Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor. I realized it the minute I said it and I am truly sorry.”
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