‘Silver Linings Playbook’ duo Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell to team up for two more projects


Since her Academy Award-nominated turn in 2010’s “Winter’s Bone,” actress Jennifer Lawrence has been on a major tear. After headlining “The Hunger Games” – one of 2012’s biggest movies – she capped off last year with yet another Oscar-nominated performance, this time in director David O. Russell’s mental illness dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook.”

With a year like that in the bag and the possibility of a major award this weekend, it’s not a surprise that Lawrence is currently one of the hottest quantities in Hollywood. However, much to the chagrin of every Tinsel Town producer and their mother, a schedule packed full of “X-Men” and “Hunger Games” sequels means that the 22-year-old Lawrence will have little time for other projects for the foreseeable future – an enviable situation that is sure to put her in even higher demand.

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In demand or not, producers and filmmakers hoping to land Lawrence for their next movie should probably start looking elsewhere. Last week, word leaked that Lawrence would re-team with “Silver Linings” director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper for an untitled political thriller about the FBI’s famed Abscam sting operation. The film, formerly titled “American Bullshit,” boasts a heavyweight Hollywood cast that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner -- good company for any rising star to be in. Filming doesn’t commence until next month, but that hasn’t stopped Russell from lining up yet another project with J-Law.

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Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that "The Fighter" director will reunite with Lawrence (have they actually spent any time apart lately?) for "The Ends Of The Earth." The 1920s-set drama written by Academy Award-nominated "Argo" screenwriter Chris Terrio follows an oil tycoon who loses everything after he's caught having an affair with his adopted daughter. Awkward. The role of the daughter will be played by Lawrence.

We almost feel sorry for any up-and-coming filmmakers who'd written a script with Lawrence in mind. Even if you do manage to get J-Law on board, your movie won't be getting made any time soon. Thanks to David O. Russell, a bunch of mutants, and President Snow, Lawrence is going to be very, very busy for the next little while.

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