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Upcoming Jennifer Lawrence Movies You'll Want To See

Actress Jennifer Lawrence first gained notice when she starred in the indie film Winter's Bone in 2010, but she didn't hit star level status until she played Katniss Everdeen, the determined archer fighting for her life in the Hunger Games series, an adaptation of the bestselling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins.

After the first Hunger Games film, Lawrence began her on-screen partnership with Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell, starting with Silver Linings Playbook in 2012 and followed by American Hustle the next year and Joy in 2015. Silver Linings Playbook earned Lawrence an Academy Award for her performance, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner in history, and she received a nomination for her other two collaborations with Russell as well. She's also won a BAFTA and three Golden Globes, and all before the age of 30.

After the release of the spy thriller Red Sparrow in March of 2018, Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly that she would be focusing on political activism as a part of the organization Represent.Us, but now she's pivoting back to her acting career. Everyone get excited, because Jennifer Lawrence officially has a handful of projects coming up that are definitely worth adding to your watchlist.

Untitled Lila Neugebauer Project

Lawrence's next project is an as-yet untitled film directed by Lila Neugebauer and produced by A24. The Film Stage reports that the working title is Red, White, and Water, with the story being about "a soldier readjusting to life in America after suffering a head injury in Afghanistan." Alongside Lawrence, the cast includes Brian Tyree Henry, Samira Wiley, and Stephen McKinley Henderson.

Though the director's filmography may be short, she's proven her ability on the stage many times over. Neugebauer directed the 2018 revival of Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery, which earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play. The Waverly Gallery was her Broadway directorial debut, but she's directed 18 Off-Broadway productions as well. The Lawrence-led film will be her second directorial job for the screen, having previously directed one episode of the show Room 104 titled "Josie & Me." The script comes from novelists — and now screenwriters — Ottessa Moshfegh and Luke Goebel, and the project is currently in post-production, meaning a release date in 2021 is likely.

Don't Look Up

Currently filming, Lawrence's next project is one many people are excited about. Don't Look Up is a satire for Netflix, written and directed by Adam McKay, known for directing Vice and The Big Short. It's reportedly about "two low-level scientists who, upon discovering that a meteor will strike the Earth in six months, go on a media tour to try to warn the world but find an unreceptive and unbelieving populace," according to The Hollywood Reporter, which also reports that the film started shooting the week of November 23. Lawrence and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing the two scientists at the center of the story.

The cast is extensive, with familiar faces like Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry, and Cate Blanchett. Don't Look Up will also reunite DiCaprio and his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill. Rounding out the supporting cast are Melanie Lynskey, Himesh Patel, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, and Matthew Perry.

Mob Girl

The upcoming biopic Mob Girl will tell the story of Arlyne Brickman, a woman who was a big part of the organized crime scene in 1970s New York, and who went on to become an FBI informant. She served as a key witness in the case against the Colombo crime family, one of the "Five Families" that are said to still hold influence in NYC.

Lawrence will play Brickman in the movie, which is based on author Teresa Carpenter's biography of the same name. The film will be directed by Paolo Sorrentino, an Italian director with many fantastic movies on his resume, including the Academy Award-winning film The Great Beauty from 2013. He's jumped into more English-language projects of late, most notably as creator of The Young Pope and its successor, The New Pope. Mob Girl is currently in pre-production, with the only other cast member currently listed on IMDb being young actor Lucas Royalty.

Bad Blood

Jennifer Lawrence is set to play Elizabeth Holmes, the entrepreneur who made her own start-up tech company in 2003 called Theranos, in the biopic Bad Blood. Holmes claimed that her technology could do dozens of lab tests with only a drop of blood. She was praised by many for her innovation and presence, and Forbes put her on their list of America's 50 Richest Self-Made Women. But everything came crashing down when Holmes was accused of fraud by John Carreyrou, a journalist for The Wall Street Journal who investigated Theranos for a series of articles.

In 2018, Carreyrou wrote the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup about his investigation into Holmes and her company, and his work will serve as the basis for the upcoming film. Vanessa Taylor, who wrote Hillbilly Elegy and co-wrote The Shape of Water, is writing the screenplay. Director Adam McKay, after wrapping Don't Look Up, is expected to work with Lawrence again on Bad Blood

Bad Blood was announced back in 2018, and there hasn't been much in the way of updates since. It's possible that there have been some serious revisions to the script, given that the project was greenlit before Holmes was indicted and Theranos started officially dissolving as a company. 

Other future projects

There are a few not-so-upcoming projects — as in, hopefully coming to the screen sometime in the next five years — currently on Jennifer Lawrence's radar. Deadline reported in 2016 that Lawrence was attached to a Ron Howard-directed project called Zelda, in which Lawrence would play Zelda Fitzgerald, the famous socialite who helped create the idea of a "flapper girl" during the Jazz Age. Four years later, it's possible that the film is stuck in development and will be scrapped, or that it's simply a matter of waiting for both Lawrence and Howard's schedules to open up. As of a 2018 report covering the launch of Lawrence's own production company, Excellent Cadaver, Lawrence was still attached to Zelda. 

That report also stated that Lawrence is working on a film that would be her directing debut called Project Delirium, focused on "how the government tested the effects of chemical weapons on thousands of soldiers in the '60s." Both of these projects were, at that time, with Lawrence's production company, so they're likely still in the works. Of course, 2020 has thrown uncertainty into just about every project in Hollywood, but one thing's for certain: we can expect some exciting things from Jennifer Lawrence in the future.