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David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence Set For A December 2015 Release Date

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by Edward Davis
June 6, 2014 3:50 PM
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"[David O. Russell] recently texted me at I think 4 in the morning, and he was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the [Miracle] Mop. You want to do it?' " Jennifer Lawrence explained on “Live With Kelly and Michael” in March. "I was like, 'Yeah,' " she added. "I can just imagine David looking at somebody mopping and being like, 'Yeah, that's my next screenplay.' "

And while it sounded like a typical David O. Russell project at the time—meaning one of many in the hamper—not only is it next, it’s got a release date and an official title. Box Office site Exhibitors Relations tweets that 20th Century Fox will release David O. Russell's “Joy” on Christmas Day 2015. That’s the power of Jennifer Lawrence for you (not to mention Russell who’s been nominated for Best Director three pictures in a row now).

“Joy" is about Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, who worked three jobs before seeing her invention become a sensation, bringing her from rags to riches. And now that screenplay and story is getting a big league boost. “Bridesmaids" writer Annie Mumolo wrote the screenplay and Russell surely has done his own personal rewrite (as he did with his last three films).

December 2015 is a busy season—the movie will face off against "Mission: Impossible 5," and Fox's own "Kung Fu Panda 3" opens up on December 23rd. Of course, a week before that a little movie called "Star Wars: Episode VII" will arrive too.

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  • Diego Manuel Pisfil Ramírez | July 25, 2014 5:06 PMReply

    CAST
    JENNIFER LAWRENCE: JOY MANGANO
    RALPH FIENNES
    BILLY UNGER
    JULIANNE MOORE
    TOM CRUISE
    CHANNING TATUM
    LOGAN LERMAN

  • Staci | July 21, 2014 4:59 AMReply

    love them to team up again :)

  • Jodie | July 21, 2014 4:52 AMReply

    I can't wait to see her win her second Oscar!! She is INCREDIBLE in anything she does.

  • Diego Manuel Pisfil Ramírez | June 22, 2014 12:29 AMReply

    CAST: JAKE GYLLENHAAL, TOM CRUISE, RALPH FIENNES, JULIANNE MOORE, PIERCE BROSNAN, MALCOLM MCDOWELL, SEBASTIAN STAN, ETC.

  • Diego Manuel Pisfil Ramírez | June 15, 2014 12:12 AMReply

    MIGHT BE RALPH FIENNES, TOM CRUISE, PIERCE BROSNAN, JULIANNE MOORE AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL

  • M. | June 12, 2014 3:02 AMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence has an amazing screen presence...I'll watch her in anything because she consistently gives terrific performances.

  • Angie | June 9, 2014 11:04 PMReply

    I like Jennifer Lawrence but the fact that so many people are saying she'll win best actress in 2016 is ridiculous. I can't believe actresses like Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, and countless other are overlooked or barely "hyped" while J.Law is constantly getting praise for these OK performances. SLP was sweet and witty but it was just another RomCom with a ridiculous amount of campaigning. Let's be real, can J.Law ever hold a role that isn't the same regurgitated characters she been playing while working with David O. Russel?
    Winters Bone was her best, IMO but she hasn't ever gone back that.
    Unfortunately, I think J.Law will fall into obscurity in a couple of years even though it seems she isn't going anywhere. It's the early Oscar syndrome! The Hunger Games put her in front of the world and she has been winning awards everywhere for performances that are good but not outstanding. I like her, I hope she can change it up and show us she's more than the crazy yet hilariously sympathetic woman in every film.

  • AJ | June 9, 2014 2:31 AMReply

    Sorry, but The Fighter was great, Silver Lining Playbook was good, but American Hustle was the best. I believe it should have won the Academy Award. Add these three to flirting with disaster, three kings, and Spanking the monkey, demonstrates that Russell has reached the pantheon of great directors.

  • skywater | June 8, 2014 4:56 PMReply

    Wow, this chick must be the most loved actress in the world. Must be nice.

  • cark | June 8, 2014 11:38 AMReply

    CAST SEBASTIAN STAN NOW.

  • ... | June 8, 2014 12:00 AMReply

    Russell really needs to stop casting the same old people for every project. "The Fighter" was great, "Silver Linings Playbook" was alright, and the latest one, "American Hustle", was a huge disaster in my opinion. He's trying to live off of the success of the "The Fighter" with crappy scripts and younger bad/overrated actors like JLaw and Cooper.

  • jim | June 8, 2014 8:52 PM

    Beats working for a living.

  • Stergios | June 7, 2014 6:35 PMReply

    Everytime these two work together, the result is pure cinematic brilliance. David O. Russell is an incredible filmmaker and Jennifer Lawrence is a truly terrific actress. Can't wait for "Joy"!

  • Bella | June 7, 2014 1:19 AMReply

    I will watch any JLaw movie.LOVE HER.

  • Francis | June 6, 2014 9:46 PMReply

    Love Jennifer Lawrence so much! She is the BEST!

  • KT | June 6, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    "Henry", "David", and "John" a.k.a. the same person.

  • Daniel | June 6, 2014 5:38 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence is MAGIC on screen! Can't wait to watch this movie!

  • Pedro | June 6, 2014 5:04 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence please decline any project with this director, show us your range!
    Go back to indies. Give your curriculum vitae to Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Asghar Farhadi, Michael Haneke, Kathryn Bigelow etc, but forget David O. Russel.

  • John | June 6, 2014 5:21 PM

    Jennifer Lawrence has already shown her range more than any actor I can think of…She has nothing to prove!. David O Russell is a great director, his last three movies where amazing and he really has a chance here to do a smart, funny but at the same time touching movie. Can't wait to see it.

  • emma | June 6, 2014 5:04 PMReply

    the most overrated people in the movie industry. two movies were enough for me.

  • Dale | June 7, 2014 1:23 PM

    Agreed! I used to enjoy Russell's films until his sick fascination with Lawrence.

  • Henry | June 6, 2014 5:36 PM

    There are so many 'great' overrated actors and directors in Hollywood and these two are anything but overrate…Jennifer Lawrence is the best thing that has ever happened to Hollywood imo. She is just incredible!

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