Jennifer Lawrence Starring in Romantic Dramedy ‘The Rosie Project’

Jennifer Lawrence The Rosie Project
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Jennifer Lawrence will star in Sony’s romantic dramedy “The Rosie Project.”

The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman, who possesses the opposite qualities. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s  adaptation of the novel.

In Simsion’s story, the protagonist designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner through a 16-page  survey to filter out drinkers, smokers and late arrivers — characteristics possessed by the titular Rosie Jarman. The professor becomes intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father, leading to an unlikely relationship as they collaborate on The Father Project.

Sony is seeking a director. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.

Sony acquired the film rights to “The Rosie Project” last year and set it up with Sony-based producers Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan.

Lawrence will be seen next in the final “Hunger Games” film, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” which opens November 20, and in Fox’s drama “Joy,” which launches on Christmas Day. She is in pre-production on Sony’s sci-fi romance “Passengers” opposite Chris Pratt.

The actress headlined Lionsgate’s panel at Comic-Con on Thursday.

Lawrence is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson. Simsion is repped by ICM Partners.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Diego says:

    Nice, many movies of her, cool!

  2. Marc says:

    The Rosie Project is a novel recommended by Bill Gates and an international bestseller…but you had me at Jennifer Lawrence: I know she will knock it out of the park in Silver Lining style, especially with a great team of writers. Definitely a movie I am looking forward to.

  3. emily says:

    Great novel: funny, profound, quirky, different…just like Jennifer Lawrence. So excited!

    • Guest123 says:

      While Jennifer is a good actress, there is nothing quirky about her. Goofy yes but not quirky. Also surprised that she is willing to do another film franchise so soon after the hunger games and x-men.

      • guest123 says:

        To be honest, The Rosie Project is one of my favourite books and I was actually looking forward to it being made into a film that would actually have Australian actors/actresses being cast since the book is based but they haven’t which is a real shame.

      • emily says:

        I don’t know why but I perceive a negative vibe in your comment. Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress and yes she is quirky and goofy (the first does not exclude the second) and witty and funny…she is different and at times it can be difficult to understand ‘different’. As for franchises, she does not exclude the possibility to do another one if the story, the script is great.

  4. SL says:

    She is great! What a career already…It’s unbelievable.

  5. vp19 says:

    Philip, I see where you’re coming from. There’s quite a bit of Carole Lombard in Lawrence.

  6. Philip Poirot says:

    Sounds like a 1930’s Romantic Comedy!!

  7. john says:

    Whatever she does, she is always amazing in it. Best actress of her generation!

  8. Ramon says:

    Fuck, I’ll watch her read a phone book. Damn you hollywood making charismatic people famous!

  9. TomNewYorker says:

    Get David O’Russell to direct it.

    He worked great with her on Silver Lining’s Playbook & American Hustle and the upcoming Joy i’m very much looking forward for.

  10. DorothyParkerlite says:

    Um, really like Lawrence but hasn’t the geeky-or-broody-dude-meets-quirky-gal-who-saves-him-from-himself already been done? Like, a THOUSAND times. When do we get a really good gender-bender, huh? Us geek gals can get pretty broody too, damn it!

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