Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘It’s What I Do’
Jennifer Lawrence is the biggest star on the planet right now, like the acting equivalent of Beyonce. Recently, the actress signed on to star in a new James Cameron-produced film, as well as a sci-fi project with fellow mega-star Chris Pratt. And now her impressive film schedule just got even more impressive with news that the actress has signed on to star in an upcoming Steven Spielberg film.
Deadline reports that Lawrence will star in a film based on It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, the memoir written by Lynsey Addario, which gained instant popularity when the New York Times published an excerpt. Steven Spielberg will direct, while Warner Bros. is closing the deal to distribute.
It’s What I Do hasn’t just been popular with readers—it sparked intense interest from various studios and directors: Darren Aronofsky wanted to adapt the project with Natalie Portman in the leading role; Margot Robbie was also interested in portraying the photographer; and George Clooney and Reese Witherspoon’s names have also been floating around as interested parties.
The story follows Addario, who dedicates her life to traveling to the most dangerous and war-torn environments to capture singular, effective and complex moments with her camera. Addario took photos in Darfur, during the American invasion in Afghanistan, and during the war in Iraq—just to name a few.
The dramatic and emotional story set among various wars and crises is perfect material for Spielberg, and it’s easy to see why so many actresses would be vying for the chance to play this part. Not only does it sound like challenging and rewarding material, but it has Oscar written all over it.