Jennifer Lawrence Will Make Her Directorial Debut With ‘Project Delirium’
Like many actors before her, Jennifer Lawrence is preparing to add director to her impressive resumé. She can act, she can sing, she’s writing a movie with Amy Schumer and advocating for equal pay — is there anything she can’t do? Okay, she has trouble walking without falling everywhere she goes, but Lawrence is so graceful about it that she makes that look like a skill, too.
With the final installment of The Hunger Games behind her and with her latest David O. Russell project hitting theaters this Christmas, Lawrence was featured on the cover of EW for their Entertainer of the Year issue, in which she revealed that she’s “signed on” to direct her first film:
It’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.
The actress also said, “I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act,” but as for why she waited so long to break the news? “I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.”
Lawrence’s film appears to be based on “Operation Delirium” (she either confused the title or it was changed), Raffie Khatchadourian’s 2012 article for The New Yorker that examined the government’s experiments with chemical weapons on 5,000 U.S. soldiers.
Joy, Lawrence’s third film with David O. Russell, hits theaters this Christmas, followed by what might be her final appearance as Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse, which arrives next May. She’s also set to star in the sci-fi flick Passengers with Chris Pratt and an untitled film from Darren Aronofsky. And she’s writing a movie with Amy Schumer in which they’ll play sisters, and she’ll play famed war photographer Lynsey Addario in a new film from Steven Spielberg.