Jennifer Lawrence is on fire these days; since her haunting performance in “Winter’s Bone”, she’s been one of Hollywood’s most coveted actresses, in part because David O. Russell is hogging her to himself.
After an Oscar-winning turn in “Silver Linings Playbook” and an Oscar-nominated turn in “American Hustle”, the young actress has proven she has what it takes to carry a successful film and reach audiences at the same time. But Russell’s next project, about the true story of a Long Island mom who overcomes several challenges in order to get her invention–the “Miracle Mop”–on the market, may be stretching it a bit. Not because Lawrence can’t step up for the job, but because the woman she’d be playing is in her mid-30s.
Lawrence isn’t officially attached to the project, but Russell has made it no secret that he wants her for the lead. Even if she accepted, it’s not known when shooting could begin as she’s already attached to “East of Eden”, “Burial Rites”, and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Russell also apparently wants Annie Mumolo, the Oscar-nominated “Bridesmaids” co-writer, to pen the script.
Russell found himself in a bit of trouble over a comment he made about Lawrence earlier this month, when he compared her work with the “Hunger Games” franchise 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.” 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 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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