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Jennifer Lawrence Becomes The Top Contender For David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 21, 2011 2:11 AM
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...and then there was one. With Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lawrence all vying and testing for the coveted female lead role in David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook," one name has risen above the others. Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence seems to have impressed the director where the others have failed, taking the frontrunner position according to Deadline.

We were definitely bummed when the "Winter's Bone" star bailed on Oliver Stone's "Savages" to make way for "The Hunger Games," but this finds the actress back into meatier territory after her recent vacations in tentpole land. The plot involves Pat Peoples (to be played by Mark Wahlberg), a former high school teacher who, after being released from a four-year stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother; he then seeks to remake himself, finding the titular silver linings in his life. The role that Lawrence will take is that of a depressed neighbour, who after the death of her husband, goes on wild sexual spree, loses her job and eventually becomes friends with and a love interest for Pat.

Of course, Lawrence is currently very busy shooting "The Hunger Games" in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, but should the contracts get signed, sealed and delivered, she will transition straight to Russell's film which is gearing up for a fall shoot. It's certainly a rock solid casting choice for Russell, who could really have chosen anybody he wanted, and for Lawrence, another smart move by the actress who is quickly diversifying her IMDb page.

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  • Sean | July 22, 2011 3:33 AMReply

    It's O'Russell going back to familiar ground with Spanking the Monkey. Same kind of chemistry between Davies and Gallo.

    Yes. I would rather watch her in this than Hunger Games.
    I feel it's up to her and O Russell to bring a certain layer character to the table. No one said anything about her being a sex hungry "bimbo". (At least, i don't think she. I haven't read the book so i don't know.)

  • Nancy | July 21, 2011 11:47 AMReply

    Wait, what? You guys would have preferred for Jennifer to play some dumb blonde bimbo role that any wannabe actress off the street could play (Hello Blake Lively) instead of a lead role as a complex young girl forced to fight for her life and liberate her country from a totalitarian government? Why because all actresses are good for is playing the bimbo and the girlfriend? Sexist much?

    Don't like this role for Jen. She just turned 20, she is old enough to be Mark's daughter. Playing a widow and his love interest is really, really stretching it. Can't they find an actor that's like in his 20's for her love interest? What's next Ryan Gosling and Hailee Steinfeld as lovers?

  • BuntyHoven | July 21, 2011 11:02 AMReply

    "goes on wild sexual spree"

    Hello! My ticket is bought.

  • Hun | July 21, 2011 10:30 AMReply

    This girl is everywhere, what is so great about her? I watched Winter's Bone and she bored me silly.

    The premise sounds tired to me. Also sick of middle aged actors having barely legal actresses their love interest. Will not be seeing this

  • anna | July 21, 2011 10:28 AMReply

    We were definitely bummed when the “Winter’s Bone” star bailed on Oliver Stone‘s “Savages” to make way for “The Hunger Games,” but this finds the actress back into meatier territory after her recent vacations in tentpole land.

    lol, this is ridiculous and shortsighted. The role in Savages was the throwaway type of "girlfriend in trouble" trope - nothing meaty about it at all, and I can't remember the last time Oliver Stone made a decent movie.

    It's perfect for useless people like Blake Lively, actors of actual talent shouldn't waste their time with things like this.

  • m. | July 21, 2011 4:49 AMReply it!. Jennifer Lawrence will knock this out of the ballpark.

  • Sara | July 21, 2011 3:36 AMReply

    she looks 25 for me. Not that she is aging badly... but she is very development girl. So... i don't see a problem.
    But I don't know,... I like Mcadams...

  • J.J. | July 21, 2011 3:23 AMReply

    Actually, anyone familiar with the book would agree this is a TERRIBLE casting choice. Lawrence is indeed a promising actress, but also, uh, 20-years-old. She is way, way too young for this role. McAdams or Banks would've been more suitable, especially when you consider this role is meant to be a love interest opposite Mark Wahlberg.

  • Castor | July 21, 2011 3:22 AMReply

    Isn't Lawrence like totally too young to play a widow?

  • Sean | July 21, 2011 3:08 AMReply

    Hell yeah! Make this so.

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