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Busy Jennifer Lawrence Balances Franchise Paydays with Indie Fare; Wanted for 'Ends of the Earth'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 7, 2012 at 1:35PM

With both David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) and Suzanne Bier's "Serena" (2013) in the bag, Jennifer Lawrence is a lock for two "Hunger Games" sequels (going from $500,000 to some $10-million for number two) and a reprise of her role as Mystique in an "X-Men: First Class" sequel, but her future indie pursuits are less certain.
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Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Oscars

With both David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) and Suzanne Bier's "Serena" (2013) in the bag, Jennifer Lawrence is a lock for two "Hunger Games" sequels (going from $500,000 to some $10-million for number two) and a reprise of her role as Mystique in an "X-Men: First Class" sequel, but her future indie pursuits are less certain.

The Weinsteins are trying get the actress to star in "The Ends of The Earth," for which they recently acquired rights. The project, penned by "Argo" scribe Chris Terrio, is a "fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon Ernest Marland, who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair with Lydie, his adopted daughter."

Lawrence is also wanted for "The Glass Castle," which Lionsgate is producing, and is attached to Sissy Spacek's adaptation of Julia Oliver's novel, "Sweet Tea," currently in development. The days of Lawrence having to star in B horror movies are long gone, though "House at the End of the Street" is out next, ready to capitalize on Lawrence's popularity (September 21). She's having her cake and eating it too with two successful franchises and her pick of the indie projects (save "Lie Down in Darkness" which went to Kristen Stewart).

The Weinsteins are handling "Silver Linings Playbook," which could yield Lawrence's next Oscar nomination. Trailers for "Playbook" and "House" below:

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