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First Look: Jennifer Lawrence in 'House at the End of the Street' and the Next Four Steps for 'Hunger Games' Star

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 23, 2012 at 5:01PM

Relativity is just one of several distributors looking to capitalize on the new stardom of "Hunger Games" it-girl Jennifer Lawrence.
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Jennifer Lawrence


Relativity is just one of several distributors looking to capitalize on the new stardom of "The Hunger Games" it-girl Jennifer Lawrence. "She's an unusually gifted actress," "Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson told TOH. "She brings authenticity, humanity and accessibility. The movie relies on her to an extraordinary degree."

It remains to be seen how the "Winter's Bone" Oscar nominee and critic's darling will fare in the four new movies still to come; all fall in the domestic drama category.

This new image from Relativity's upcoming thriller "House at the End of the Street" (September 21) shows Lawrence cowering as the threatened resident of a viciously haunted home.  EW revealed this early photograph of the film, which focuses on the damage that families can inflict, a theme not dissimilar from "Winter's Bone" and "The Hunger Games."

Jennifer Lawrence in "House at the End of the Street"
Entertainment Weekly Jennifer Lawrence in "House at the End of the Street"

“I wanted to talk about how a parent’s love can help us or hinder us in becoming the people we are,”  filmmaker Mark Tonderai told EW. “It’s very much about a girl who’s becoming a woman, but her mother [Elizabeth Shue] still feels she can do an audit on her life.  The daughter is rebelling against that.”

Also that month, Lawrence will appear in "Devil You Know" (September 28) - another thriller about a reclusive former film star with a tortured secret.  Lawrence will play a young Rosamund Pike in the film.

Then Lawrence will be seen opposite Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Robert De Niro, and Chris Tucker in David O. Russell's would-be awards contender "The Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21).  Cooper and Lawrence team up again in Susanne Bier's adaptation of Ron Rash's novel, "Serena," pegged for 2013, in which she plays the title role. "Serena" is a Depression era film about a timber empire in North Carolina.

Whatever happens, Lawrence has the confidence of knowing that she has a franchise to come back to. Just like one of the Hollywood guys.

This article is related to: Jennifer Lawrence, First Look, Franchises, Academy Awards, Bradley Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Robert De Niro, Horror , Thriller, Drama


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.