Friday, 24 July 2015

Jennifer Lawrence attached to The Rosie Project

After typically winning over the San Diego Comic Con crowd at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 panel and enthusing over Bill Murray this weekend, it's back to the business of making movies for Jennifer Lawrence. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the actress is now attached to star in The Rosie Project for Sony Pictures.

Written by Graham Simsion, the book tells the story of professor Don Tillman, a genetics expert on the Asperger's scale who never seems to be able to land a second date. He starts The Wife Project, working up a questionnaire to find the perfect partner, but is instead entranced by the free spirited Rosie, who matches none of his criteria but might just be his soulmate. The book has been big both here in the UK and Australia where it is set, and a sequel, The Rosie Effect, arrived last year. And the unpredictable nature of the Rosie character certainly feels like the sort of role Lawrence could pull off.

(500) Days Of Summer (2009) writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have written the most recent draft of the script and Jump Street duo Christopher Miller and Phil Lord had been involved in its development with a potential eye to directing, though that has since been neutralised by their signing on to direct the Star Wars: Anthology standalone Han Solo film. So the producers, which include Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Michael Costigan (Prometheus), have already started the search for another director.

Lawrence, meanwhile, will be back as Katniss Everdeen in Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, which arrives on 19 November, followed by her next collaboration with David O. Russell (American Hustle), Joy on 1 January next year and X-Men: Apocalypse, the actress' potential swansong with the mutant universe, landing on 19 May.

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