Is the pen is mightier than the bow?
Fresh off her success in “The Hunger Games,” Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to take the lead role in “The Glass Castle,” a movie based on the memoir by gossip columnist Jeannette Walls, Deadline.com reported.
The 21-year-old actress has been on a tear since running for her life in the Arena. She’s set to start filming “Catching Fire,” the sequel to “The Hunger Games”, in September and the followup to “X-Men: First Class” shortly afterwards. After all that action, Lawrence may need to take a little break and flex different muscles.
“I’m going to do something with air conditioning next,” she told The News before the release of “The Hunger Games” in March.
Movie rights for Walls’ 2005 memoir were snapped up by Lionsgate, the studio behind Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games,” with “The Blind Side’s” Gil Netter set to produce.
Toby Jones and Jennifer Lawrence never share any onscreen time in “The Hunger Games,” so they’re making up for that in the upcoming movie “The Falling.” Formerly titled “Serena,” the movie follows a couple played by Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as they commit a string of crimes to try to make money for their family. Jones plays the sheriff tasked with bringing them to justice.
IFC caught up with Jones at “The Hunger Games” premiere Monday night where he shared that “The Falling” was beginning shooting the following week. He said he’s excited to be returning to set with her as “The Hunger Games” is about to hit theaters, especially in a film that inverts their roles.
“I’m chasing her character,” he explained. “She’s the villain, I’m the hero.”
The movie, which also stars Rhys Ifans, tells the story of George and Serena Pemberton, the owners of a timber empire in North Carolina. However, their claim on the wealth becomes complicated when the couple finds out Serena can’t bear any children. Susanne Bier will direct it.
“Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have a love story that completely robs them of any moral place, and I as the sheriff, I’m chasing them down and trying to pin crimes on them that they’ve committed,” Jones explained of the film’s plot.
In “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence plays a 16-year-old girl forced to fight to the death against 23 of her peers to last through a terrifying reality tournament held by their futuristic society every year. Jones plays the Hunger Games’s heartless announcer Claudius Templesmith.
Jennifer Lawrence has said that The Hunger Games is an important series for today’s youth.
The actress, who stars as heroine Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘s young adult dystopian trilogy, said that while she is more comfortable in more independent films, she joined the franchise as she became invested in the message behind the story.
In an interview with The Coventry Telegraph, Lawrence explained: “When I was doing indies and people were asking me why I don’t do a studio film, I always said the size of the film doesn’t matter. What matters is the script, the story and telling a story you care about. The Hunger Games was a story I cared about, but I wasn’t going to do it because of the size of it. The books are important for our generation to read. We live in a world that’s obsessed with reality television and it’s completely desensitised us to the shock factor. People’s tragedies are used for entertainment – the more tragic, the higher ratings and more entertaining it is.”
The 21-year-old added: “The size of the film definitely made me pause – because it’s life-changing. But I don’t want to pass on something just because I’m scared.”
Lawrence was recently cleared to film the sequels to both The Hunger Games and X-Men, negating previous reports of a schedule conflict.
Watch Digital Spy‘s Hunger Games interview with Jennifer Lawrence below:
NOW in demand after her Oscar nod and numerous other nominations for a bleakly determined portrayal in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence has ended up in two hot properties: Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer’s re-energised X-Men: First Class and the powerfully post-apocalyptic drama of The Hunger Games.
Each franchise is developing further instalments, and Lawrence will be back in both. There had been talk that the untitled X-Men sequel and the Hunger Games follow-up Catching Fire could both film in August/September of 2012, creating difficulties.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, any such potential conflict between X-Men and Hunger Games has been resolved, with the First Class follow-up said to be preparing to shoot in January. If it had come to the crunch, Lawrence’s contractual commitment to X-Men would override her deal for The Hunger Games because it was signed at an earlier stage.
It’s worth adding here that we had heard that Fox’s solo spin-off The Wolverine was to shoot in autumn – making it highly unlikely that First Class 2 would also be in production at the same time. Producers and executives don’t have the mutant power to be in two places at once.
But the wranglings aren’t over yet for The Hunger Games, with a report by The Playlist saying that director Gary Ross has decided not to return for the sequel. He will instead pursue another project he has written rather than be tied into the same franchise for several more years.
Even Lawrence herself had some doubts about The Hunger Games at first – and she says that it was a very different experience from X-Men.
Surely barely rested from her whirlwind promotional tour for “The Hunger Games” – which is now on its way to its third week at #1 at the box office – Jennifer Lawrence is already hard at work on her next film. The Prague paparazi snapped the newest overnight superstar on the set of Susanna Bier’s “Serena”, based on the novel by Ron Rash and co-starring Bradley Cooper. Czech news site Blesk.cz got the first pictures from the set of the “Silver Linings Playbook” co-stars reunited.
The 2008 Rash novel follows a pair of young newlyweds, George and Serena Pemberton, who attempt to build a timbre empire in 1920s North Carolina by ay means necessary, including killing their competition. When Serena discovers she can’t have children, she sets out to murder the illegitimate child her husband fathered before her arrival in town and their passionate marriage quickly unravels.
Cooper is shown in the pictures demonstrating such ruthlessness in a bloody shirt, while Lawrence is back to blonde and curly after going dark to play post-apocalyptic teenage hero Katniss Everdeen. The two appear to have filmed at an old-fashioned train station, perhaps Serena’s arrival, while young extras in period garb were also snapped on set.
Head to Blesk.cz for more images. No release date has been announced yet.
Jennifer is gracing the cover of the Dutch Cosmo Girl. My good friend Lindsey, who runs Jennifer Lawrence Fan, kindly donated the scans to us. In the interview she talks about The Hunger Games as well as her friendships and what kind of roles she’d like to play in the future. Not that many new things are mentioned. I will translate the interview sometime this week!
Magazine Scans > 2012 > Cosmo Girl (Netherlands) – April
She’s been widely praised by most, Jennifer Lawrence has seen a group of dissenters who are opining that she’s too “big-boned” to be convincing as the character of Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games”.
With the book’s original character described as “poor” and “hungry,” the naysayers aren’t pleased with the 21-year-old’s well built physique – as they think a skinnier female lead would have been a better choice.
While some young ladies certainly wouldn’t handle the criticism of being “too large” well, that’s not the case when it comes to Miss Lawrence.
According to a Chicago Sun Times source, Jennifer thinks that her critics position is “hilarious” while she’s said to have told a friend,
“First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticizing me for looking normal.”
The Sun Times insider also noted that the level-headed rising star thinks that body images “are too often adopted by young girls and women – thanks to what they are constantly being shown as being attractive.”