Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Star in Darren Aronofsky’s Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)

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With “The Hunger Games” franchise coming to a close next month, Jennifer Lawrence has set her sights on a project with one of Hollywood’s top helmers.

Sources tell Variety that Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star in an untitled indie that Darren Aronofsky has declared as his next project.

The film is currently without a distributor but insiders say the “Black Swan” director has begun reaching out to actors with hopes to begin shooting this spring. Lawrence is currently filming the Sony Pictures sci-fi drama “Passengers,” but with “The Hunger Games” and “X-Men” franchises no longer on her schedule, she’ll have more availability beginning in 2016.

Lawrence has become one of the more in-demand talents in town; several projects are being developed for her, but nothing has been given the greenlight for the production.

As for the director, Aronofsky had been eyeing a handful of projects, including an untitled Evel Knievel biopic at Sony starring Channing Tatum, from which he has since moved on. The director currently has a first-look deal at New Regency, so there is a possibility this untitled project ends up at New Regency since they would get first dibs when Aronofsky is ready to turn it in to execs. He had turned in a script to the company earlier this year about a boy living in Staten Island whose drawings come to life. But when budget disputes could not be settled, he turned his attention to writing this untitled project in hopes of making it his next directorial endeavor.

Lawrence can be seen next in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” and Fox’s “Joy.” Both Lawrence and Aronofsky are repped by CAA.

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  1. BillUSA says:

    I suppose the concept of “enough” doesn’t jibe with some people. I mean how much more money does one need to exist in this world – especially those who are comfortably successful? I get it, it’s all about “keeping up with the Joneses” with a dash of “one-upmanship” thrown in. Women are more widely successful than ever. While not quite as numerous as men in that regard, the mantel they crave is not going to be handed to them by whining about it. Make it happen. Men did.

    • oscarstegland says:

      Are you kidding me? Or are you deranged? Men occupy basically every position that permits women to earn money in this business, and lead roles for w women are down at a new low for the last decade, around 12%.

      Men have never had this problem and that’s the root of feminism and this discussion. We’ve never had to ‘make it happen’. The fact that you argue about how women are more successful than ever (which plainly isn’t true when only 6-8 years ago women occupied 18% of lead roles) and asking ‘when is it enough’ just goes to show sexism is alive and kicking. I, for one, am happy that women like Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep are taking the fight because they’re successful enough that people take note. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t seem to understand.

  2. H says:

    Love this girl!!! She makes movies great :D

    • BillUSA says:

      I always liked how she has handled herself, but I am so tired of hearing about this subject. She may have a legitimate gripe, but I don’t want to hear about it. This sort of thing is best handled out of the headlines and among the negotiators.

  3. sammyglick says:

    Let’s hope she gets the same pay as her co-stars this time, or this town will never hear the end of it…

  4. Steve says:

    Best actress of her generation! My favorite by far.

    • Gene says:

      Ha ! Ha Ha! Carey Mulligan & Anne Hathaway are both critically-acclaimed stage actresses. Lawrence is untrained and she doesn’t have the depth to act on stage. Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain ,& Marion Cotillard all have more talent in their little pinkies than Jennifer have in her whole body. I swear her tween fans love to invade the comment boards.

      • Jess Sol says:

        All of them are way older than Jennifer.. They’re not from her generation. And Jennifer is very critically acclaimed.. it isn’t just teens that lover her, critics adore her. So do other actors, voters, producers, directors, the media, etc.

    • Sola says:

      I agree. Extremely talented but doesn’t take herself too serious. She has handled being a movie star and a talented indie girl effortlessly. She is a positive exception.

  5. emily says:

    OMG. This girl is literally on fire!

  6. john says:

    That is more than enough for me to get very excited. She has to work with the best directors and Darren is one of them!

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