Robert De Niro Confirms He Will Reteam with Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell on ‘Joy’

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ROME – Robert De Niro has confirmed he will re-team with Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell on “Joy,” the biopic about Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop. “Joy” is being produced by Fox with a reported Christmas 2015 release date.

“Yes I am going to do something with them. I am going to play a father,” De Niro said, asked about previously reported talks.

He was speaking at a Rome press conference for the European launch of HBO docu “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.”

The docu screened as part of the Rome Film Festival’s year-round events, followed by an on-stage conversation with De Niro about his father.

While there are conflicting reports on whether a deal has been fully closed for Jennifer Lawrence to play Mangano, the Long Island single mom whose invention of a mop with easy-to-grip handles made her a star entrepreneur, De Niro’s confirmation indicates that it has.

De Niro would reteam on “Joy” with Lawrence and director David O. Russell, with whom he has worked on “Silver Linings Playbook” and also “American Hustle.”

De Niro was Oscar-nominated for his role as Bradley Cooper’s father “Playbook,” in which Lawrence starred as a young widow.

John Davis and John Fox are producing “Joy” for Fox-based Davis Entertainment along with Ken Mok. The script has been written by “Bridesmaids” co-scribe Annie Mumolo. Reported plans are for shooting to start in February 2015.

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  1. Get new actors in your movies, Dave.

  2. LOL says:

    Reteam with Scorsese, godamit!

  3. jhs39 says:

    At this point does Robert De Niro even do good work outside of David O Russell films? Normally he’s barely even a shadow of the actor he was in the 1970’s and he mostly makes disposable straight to video movies that have little or no artistic value.

  4. emma says:

    I’m very excited to see Jen in this.

  5. feddy says:

    What a perfect father for a perfect daughter. Oscar bells ringing already. Hopefully Leonardo de caprio also agrees to play jens husband, even though he wont get much of a meaty role like jen’s character.
    Wonderful news.

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