Category: Project rumors

Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Are Each Taking on Zelda Fitzgerald

No one wants to pit two powerful women against each other, but that’s kind of what will inevitably happen soon between these two A-listers.

Leading ladies Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence will be thrown into an involuntary comparison battle in the near future, as the two stars are each slated to portray the late Zelda Fitzgerald in dueling biopics.

The Jazz Age icon and wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald died nearly 70 years ago in a fire at a North Carolina hospital, but her life has been at the forefront of Hollywood’s inspiration as of late.

Just as Amazon rolls out its own series, Z: The Beginning of Everything, with Christina Ricci playing the “first American flapper,” films starring Johansson and Lawrence, respectively, are said to be on the fast-track to hitting the big screen. The films are said to dive into Fitzgerald’s personal life, portraying parts of her livelihood that may have been glazed over through history. Along with being a literary muse to her famous husband, she was an author herself, and struggled with her own madness (she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized).

Lawrence’s project, called Zelda, is being spearheaded by renowned director Ron Howard. J.Law will also be reconnected with Hunger Games executive Allison Shearmur, who is producing. Emma Frost (The White Queen) wrote the screenplay, which is inspired by Nancy Milford’s best-selling biography of the same name.
Meanwhile, Johansson’s film is titled The Beautiful and the Damned, and is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic of the same name, which illustrated the dynamics of his marriage to Zelda. The project has yet to snag a director, however, it does have one secret weapon up its sleeve.

Millenium Films, which is financing the movie, secured the cooperation of the Fitzgerald estate, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and “will incorporate newly unearthed transcripts from a sanatorium in which Zelda Fitzgerald was confined that indicate her husband misappropriated his wife’s ideas as his own.”

While the premise of each film has been disclosed, production dates and slated release dates have yet to be determined.
Regardless, each film will become a blockbuster in its own right, thanks to their leading ladies. Both Lawrence and Johansson made it on Forbes’ annual list of highest-earning female movie stars for 2016

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Joel Edgerton in Talks to Join Jennifer Lawrence in Spy Thriller ‘Red Sparrow’

Joel Edgerton is in early talks to join Jennifer Lawrence in Fox’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow.” Frances Lawrence is directing the film which Fox has already dated for Nov. 10, 2017.

The film is based on the Jason Matthews novel of the same name. Justin Haythe re-wrote the script, originally by Eric Warren Singer. Steve Zaillian is producing with Chernin Entertainment and Garrett Basch is exec produer.

The book is set in modern-day Russia in the intelligence bureaucracy with a young woman drafted against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress assigned to operate against a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers fall into a spiral of attraction and deception that results in her leading life as a double agent.

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Jennifer Lawrence Signs On For Lead In “Marita”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jennifer Lawrence just scored the role of Fidel Castro’s 19-year-old mistress in the upcoming flick “Marita,” written by “American Hustle” scribe Eric Warren Singer.

The “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” hottie will play Marita Lorenz, a woman who had an affair with the Cuban dictator after being sent back to Cuba on an assassination mission.

Of course the real-life Lorenz has plenty of tales that haven’t exactly been verified, including her claim that both Castro and Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jiminez fathered her children. Marita also maintained that she and Lee Harvey Oswald met as part of the Communist plot to kill President John F Kennedy.

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Jennifer Lawrence: Eyeing Role in “The Dive”

At this point in her career Jennifer Lawrence pretty much has her pick of whatever gig she chooses, and it looks like she’ll reunite with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence for her next project.

According to several sources, the “American Hustle” star is in talks for the lead in the upcoming James Cameron movie “The Dive,” about the relationship between real-life free divers Francisco Ferreras and Audrey Mestre.

Per the synopsis, “Francisco was a French freediving world record holder who died at the age of 28 after attempting a 500-foot dive without a diving apparatus.”

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Jennifer Lawrence may saddle up for Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight

Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s latest western, The Hateful Eight, according to the Collider blog.

It is not known which role the Oscar-winner might take in the Reservoir Dogs film-maker’s followup to Django Unchained, described as a story about bounty hunters who transport prisoners through 19th-century Wyoming. However, the US site claims Lawrence is in active talks, rather than simply being on Tarantino’s casting wishlist.

An early draft of the screenplay for The Hateful Eight was leaked online in January to the Pulp Fiction director’s disgust. Tarantino initially threatened to can the movie, but now appears to be moving forward, with the aim of a 2015 release date.

When the director staged a script reading in Los Angeles in April, the main female parts of Daisy and Six Horse Judy were read by Amber Tamblyn and Zoe Bell. However, Tarantino may have since rewritten the screenplay with the addition of new characters, or Lawrence may have been tapped to take over one of the above roles.

However, The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider yesterday expressed some scepticism over the report.

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Jennifer And Michael To Reunite For “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Joining forces for another stunning superhero sequel, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are set to return to the X-Men franchise’s next sequel, “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

The “Catching Fire” cutie will also star alongside James McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult, reprising their roles in the Marvel sci-fi flick.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016, and Jennifer will be reprising her role as her iconic character, Mystique.

According to the synopsis, “Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?” director Bryan Singer recently shared to EW about the movie.”

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Jennifer Lawrence To Star In “The Rules Of Inheritance”

Generating a lot of buzz for herself after winning an Oscar earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence will star and head behind the camera as a producer for “The Rules of Inheritance.” in the upcoming film “The Rules of Inheritance.”

Based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir, the movie tells the story of a young woman who loses her family, but finds herself in the process.

Executive Producer FilmNation Entertainment said of the project, “We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Susanne Bier, Abi Morgan and Bruce Cohen. We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall in love with.”

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Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper: Third Film Collaboration in the Works?

002Jennifer Lawrence has been tapped to star opposite Bradley Cooper in the upcoming untitled David O. Russell flick, formerly known as American Bullsh*t, according to Deadline!

This will be the third film that the 22-year-old actress and 38-year-old actor star in together: the smash hit Silver Linings Playbook being the first, and Serena, which is set to be released this September. A synopsis of the flick: An FBI sting operation in the 1970s called Abscam leads to the conviction of United States Congressmen.

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