David O. Russell's 'Joy', Likely Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Set for Christmas 2015

Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence on the set of Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence on the set of Silver Linings Playbook
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

It was reported earlier this year that David O. Russell and his American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook golden girl, Jennifer Lawrence, were looking to reteam once again on a film titled Joy and now Fox has set the film for a Christmas Day 2015 release. Lawrence isn't confirmed for the role just yet, though she was Russell's first pick earlier this year.

The story follows the life story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention. Russell rewrote the script, which was originally penned by Annie Mumolo, one-half of the Bridesmaids screenwriting duo.

No word on when filming will take place as Lawrence is currently working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2 and will once again play Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse as well as her attachment to Gary Ross's new adaptation of East of Eden. [ERC]

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  • andyluvsfilms

    Another nom for Jennifer Lawrence then, overrated in my opinion, she's decent but I find her performances a little cold and on the nose.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/EPayneDDS/ Erik

      Hmm. Agree to disagree my friend.

      • andyluvsfilms

        Well, I disagree with your disagree, how'd you like them apples?!

    • Mary Devlin Millar

      I disagree...just the opposite as far as I'm concerned. Again, as I mentioned down thread, from The Poker House up to and including American Hustle, there's a great range of emotion as well as other terrific moments.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        Yes, poker house was a brilliant performance in spite of the rest of the film's shortcomings. Jennifer's range is well established. In my opinion her acting chops are well beyond her years.
        I now look forward to all of her projects with hopeful anticipation.

  • TC_94

    Can't wait to see any of Jennifer Lawrence's movies…she is INCREDIBLE in anything she does and I can't wait to see her win her second Oscar!!

    • andyluvsfilms

      It appears we seem to be coming at this from two different angles haha

    • Lucas Silva

      she's wonderful

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      Oscar or no, I just enjoy her craft

  • PJ Edwards

    Well that escalated quickly. In before the internet has yet another meltdown.

  • JohnMac13

    I love Jennifer as an actress but seriously she just needs to take a little break. In January and February, quite a few people were annoyed with the possibility of her winning a SECOND Oscar. She really needs a small part and then return with a dramatic role and surprise everyone once again.

    • Guthrie

      I agree. I feel that if she stays in the spot-light as much as she is currently it's just going to result in people being put off by seeing her name attached to a project.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        I honestly think she couldn't care less about people being put off. In fact I'll bet Jen would prefer it

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      I heard her say she can't wait for some downtime. It seems to me that she just simply loves acting. At least that is what I've heard her say.
      She's also said, "thank god I won't always be relevant!" Jen loves doing indie films. I can see her doing more of those once her "relevance" dies down.
      One can only hope.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    I hope this isn't more than Oscar fodder like Silver Linings or American Hustle, incredibly mediocre movies that could have done something more daring but held back b/c it had to please the average 67 year old Oscar voters.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      It's fine that you didn't like it but Silver Linings was in no way, shape or form 'Oscar fodder'.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

        That 'feel good' movie about a bipolar guy getting over his wife, winning a dance competition, reconciling with his dysfunctional family and find love in the process wasn't Oscar fodder? In what world?

        • PJ Edwards

          They didn't win the dance competition....

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

            A lot like Rocky....

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

          I would upvote this infinitely if Disqus would let me.

          • andyluvsfilms

            SLP was fine, it had a couple decent performances but American Hustle was about as average as it gets, a film that generated anticipation but drip feeling small amounts of information over a long period of time #clevergirl

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Israel Valencia

    Shhh... You hear that it's the Academy going crazy over the news of these two teaming up again.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    It might end up a perfectly interesting movie but I do have to say I'm not particularly sold on Jennifer Lawrence as an actress. I might still be to make up my mind on her but something is holding me back from really finding her great. I admire how far she's come so fast though.

    I guess I just have this feeling that at some point between 2004 and 2010 Russell decided he really really wanted a Best Director Oscar and he's doing his best to try and grab one.

    I mean I was entertained by The Fighter, Playbook and even American Hustle (even if I didn't concur with the Oscar nominations it got) and I don't really want to sound grumpy but it just feels like another grab attempt.

    • Mary Devlin Millar

      Jennifer Lawrence is terrific...I was watching The Poker House the other night (hard to watch but damn, Lawrence is amazing) and got to thinking about how much range she has shown since then and up to and including American Hustle. truly glad Lawrence and Russel are working together again.

    • andyluvsfilms

      Much prefer more natural actresses like Carey Mulligan and Michelle Williams. I've filed Lawrence under 'Scarlet Johansson Types', too aware of the camera. Plus she's in two franchises, that's two too many in my opinion.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

        To be honest I'm not particularly fond of Mulligan to date either outwith 'Never Let Me Go' (although she has a mild habit of appearing in films I overall like such as 'Shame' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis') but I've liked watching Williams way back since 'Dawson's Creek'.
        I don't really mind she has two franchises on the go because one of them I have little to no interest in and have no plans to watch anytime soon (I have seen the first 'Hunger Games' but I'm increasingly and intentionally avoiding YA adaptations) so I don't really see her as two major characters fighting for attention.

        • andyluvsfilms

          Mulligan is just super cute and really enjoy watching her perform, she was perfect in Gatsby and Drive, two films dominated by male performances where another actress might have just disappeared. As for Williams, her role in Take This Waltz was outstanding but it's a film i just can't revisit, i've never seen a film handle 'regret' so perfectly and it bothered me for weeks afterwards.
          Lawrence = droid.

          • http://letterboxd.com/jchastained/ JessicaChastained

            Totally agree with you on all of this. I reacted the same to Take This Waltz, I just couldn't get it out of my head.

            • andyluvsfilms

              So strange isn't it? I felt dreadful coming out of the cinema, i kinda felt part of the relationship and felt some jealousy when she starting sleeping with Luke Kirby's character, Daniel, very odd.
              ps There's an odd beat quite near the end when Daniel watches them slow dance and leaves the party, the screen then goes black for a few seconds as if the film is over but of course it isn't. I haven't read anything about that but do you think it was done that way for those that want Rogen and Williams to stay together?

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

            Fair play, you clearly like her a lot more than I do. It's not one of those deals where I would specifically avoid her films, but there's no point me pretending I would go and see a film purely because Mulligan was in it. Ditto Lawrence whereas I would be willing to do that for Williams and have done so.

            • andyluvsfilms

              William's is definitely my favourite in this group of young actresses, i absolutely loved her in Blue Valentine and Meek's Cutoff.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

                Funnily enough I rewatched 'Take This Waltz' just this week. 'Blue Valentine' is excellent but I couldn't stand 'Meek's Cutoff' (although Reichart is either a thumbs up or a thumbs down so far for me, there's so far not an inbetween but I haven't seen Night Moves).

              • andyluvsfilms

                I went into 'Meek's' knowing that pretty much nothing happens but i could never recommend it. Or watch it again. Blue Valentine is another film i could never watch again either but that's for different reasons. So in fact that's three Michelle Williams films i really love/enjoy that i won't return to, how odd!

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

        I love Williams and Mulligan too.

        • andyluvsfilms

          Good lad/girl.

      • Jake

        "too aware of the camera." If you haven't seen them, check Winter's Bone and the Poker House; it doesn't get much more natural than those.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

          Or The Burning Plain, which no one saw, but she's very good in it.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

            The Burning Plain I enjoyed a lot but again, more for Theron and even Basinger than Lawrence.

        • andyluvsfilms

          I do love WInter's Bone but that was pre-celebrity, pre-Oscar, pre-alwaytrippingover Jennifer Lawrence.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        Andy, mate, how's it going?! Really, if a franchise is well done, I don't think it is automatically a bad thing as far as the quality of film it becomes. I think that is a boxed in perspective.
        She was the one who wasn't sure she wanted to sign on for HG in the first place? Said she enjoyed her life as an indie actress.
        Regardless, I don't find the need to convince others of my perspective.
        I just enjoy a little banter!

        • andyluvsfilms

          Howdy pardner, all good here on the shizzle, how bout thee?
          I do watch junk like everyone else and if I like something low brow i will say so but in the case of Miss Lawrence im a bit perplexed by how many regard her so highly. Mind you, if she appeared in a Dolan or Aronofsky film I'd be saying she's the best evar!!! Such is the fragility of my ethics.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

            an old response to an even older post.
            Im not sure about everyone else. But me and my mates like her because she’s damn good sure. But even mores because she publically tells on herself. Jennifer has a way of replying to gossip that is truly disarming. That is why I like her as a personality. I stay around because I enjoy what she brings to the roles she does.
            btw, Im rooting for England as well as the US. Good luck this weekend. Cheers

            • andyluvsfilms

              She irritates me more that Rooney. Michelle Williams is the best of that little group, she's a proper actress.

  • TC_94

    People who question Jennifer Lawrence's greatness are just ridiculous...
    No actress ever in HISTORY has done better than her...I mean, where to start?
    3 Oscars nominations, 1 win, 2 golden globes, 1 BAFTA and literally a million other awards...Winter's Bone, Silver Linings and in between X-Men,,,all roles she fought for being unknown at the time. Am I missing something? Oh, just the highest grossing heroine of all time Katniss Everdeen, might have heard of her. Oh and by the way she's just 23!!!!!! It is crazy!!!
    Instead of hating for no reason, people should just be grateful and enjoy this AMAZING, one in a generation talent.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      #GoodComments?

      • andyluvsfilms

        I'm not a hater but the Jennifer Lawrence show does slightly irritate me plus putting awards aside, which by the way isn't a validation of greatness, I just don't understand why most people think she's such a terrific actress. She's clearly very good otherwise she wouldn't be working with such esteemed directors but she doesn't dazzle me. Sorry to disagree, old sport.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    Well that doesn't sound terribly interesting but hopefully it's not as mediocre as American Hustle.

  • Joyce Tyler

    I don't question Lawrence's talent, just the roles in which she's cast by David O. Russell. I guess he does it to attract the 17-29 female demographic, but I find her casting in roles that should go to 30-something actresses utterly ridiculous. They're Jennifer Lawrence playing some facet of Jennifer Lawrence, not the character.

  • Carlos.

    Lawrence and O. Russell are a match made in heaven as far as I'm concerned, but he needs to stop giving her roles that are too old and mature for her. Sigh.

  • OddScience

    A woman invents a new MOP!? That's a movie? WTF?

  • michaeldal65

    She needs to take a break. Like Gwyneth Paltrow, she won the big statue way too soon and we all know what happened (or rather didn't happen) next...