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David O. Russell Reteaming With Jennifer Lawrence (Again) On 'The Ends Of The Earth'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 19, 2013 6:24 PM
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It looks like David O. Russell has found his new Mark Wahlberg, and nope, it's not Bradley Cooper. Directing her to an Academy award nomination in "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell has already gone ahead and cast Jennifer Lawrence in his soon to be filming Abscam project, and now they're planning another movie together.

First announced at the end of the last summer, "The Ends Of The Earth" is a romantic drama that Russell will now direct, but it already has some hot talent on board. Penned by "Agro" scribe Chris Terrio, the based-on-a-true story film will find Lawrence playing Lydie Marland, the adopted daughter of oil tycoon Ernest Marland, who cared for the child when his desitute brother was unable. After his sibling passed away, the 54 year-old Ernest annulled the adoption and married the 28 year-old Lydie. She was a well known socialite who also pushed her husband to raise worker wages and provide health care, and the film will center on the loss of his wealth and a scandalous affair. The pair stayed married as he embarked on a political career, but he passed away in 1941 and for the rest of her life, she mostly lived as a recluse.

The project is set up at The Weinstein Company (who also handled 'Playbook') and THR notes that it "could" be Russell's next after this Abscam movie. But usually Russell has a few options on his plate at any one time, so we'll see if this goes further, but let's hope it does, because he's already proven that paired with Lawrence, they make a formidable team.

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  • Toni | February 20, 2013 10:12 PMReply

    Gary Oldman needs to be cast as Ernest Marland.

  • hg | February 20, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    @el hanso jen needs to do blockbuster sif she wants money indie's dont pay the bills lol

    and she has been quite good in these blockbusters more power to her

  • El Hanso | February 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    She has three "Hunger Games" still coming up. Some sources claim she got 10 Million for "Catching Fire" alone. She'll make similar numbers with #3 and #4. There's at least one more X-Men coming up, if they don't totally ruin it there will be one more, and even though she's not the lead character, you can bet she already makes more than most of her co-stars and (depending on the kind of contract) makes even more, due to her increase in popularity.

    In short: Lawrence makes a great deal of money with two running franchises. Nobody would hate her if she did something more "mainstream" every once in a while. But personally, I'm happy that she seems to focus on more serious films. It'd be a damn shame if she turned into something like whatever Johnny Depp has become.

  • MADS | February 20, 2013 8:16 AMReply

    Am i the only one who miss Russel and Whalberg?

  • El Hanso | February 20, 2013 5:55 PM

    @Rachel (some of you guys really need to figure out the "reply" function^^)
    Johnny Depp was an actor who worked with guys like Jim Jarmush, Emir Kosturica, Terry Gilliam, and the younger (better) Tim Burton. Then "Pirates" happened, he made almost literally 100 Million bucks out of four films, a fifth is in production. He increased his output with Tim Burton, producing films that became more derivative and soulless with each new one. He suddenly made rubbish like "The Tourist" just for the money, cause the Pirate films didn't bring enough cash already. And we can only hope that "Lone Ranger" will see us a better, fresher kind of Depp than usual.
    If you happen to like or enjoy the majority of films Depp did in the last 10 or so years - good for you. Honestly. But for me, Johnny Depp used to be an interesting, challenging, enjoyable actor, making films to look forward to. Now he's just a financially bloated Hollywood superstar who for the most part bores me to death. And that saddens me. (Next in line: Robert Downey jr. - but there's still hope)

    But this was about Jennifer Lawrence. And I don't think she even wants to be the kind of film biz behemoth Depp is. Maybe that changes in a couple of years (I hope not) but for now she makes the right decisions to become one of the most interesting American actresses (not moviestars) in years. And that's - to come full circle on my first statement - very much what I'd like her to be.

  • rachel | February 20, 2013 2:26 PM

    to @El Hanso..what did you say about Johnny Depp? Johnny is a big star and one of the best actor ever!! and you say that?..Do you think she is going to be like that? ..come on!

  • Real | February 19, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    I can't imagine Russel doing an epic like this. Someone like Ang Lee would be my choice but I suppose Lawrence and Russell have dveloped a good relationship now. It's a shame that the screenplay is rather inaccurate in comparison to the actual story.

  • Vanessa | February 19, 2013 7:20 PMReply

    Wow, I was excited for this when Lawrence and Terrio were involved, with Russell directing... woah. Should be amazing.

  • Vanessa | February 19, 2013 7:23 PM

    I couldn't agree with you more El Hanso. Lawrence is considerably more talented and if she keeps this up, she'll be a legend for sure.

  • M. | February 19, 2013 7:14 PMReply

    @EL HANSO: Absolutely!....I couldn't agree more.

  • El Hanso | February 19, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    This sounds interesting. And I'm happy Lawrence keeps doing indies, intelligent comedy, or serious drama instead of more blockbusters like "Hunger Games" and "X-Men." Let's hope her streak with O. Russell works out better than, say, Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen. Then again, Scarlett never had the career nor the talent Lawrence has.

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