Jennifer Lawrence Will Take ‘The Dive’ With Her ‘Hunger Games’ Director and James Cameron
Now that James Cameron has promised that the new ‘Avatar’ movies will make you “sh– yourself,” he’s going to be pretty busy for the next few years trying to make sure the sequels live up to that very, um, specific hype. And since he’ll be preoccupied, he’s stepped down from directing true-life drama ‘The Dive,’ passing directorial duties off to ‘The Hunger Games’ director Francis Lawrence. As it turns out, another Lawrence is now involved in ‘The Dive’: Jennifer Lawrence will reunite with her ‘Hunger Games’ director to play the lead in the upcoming project.
The Wrap reports that Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in ‘The Dive,’ which James Cameron will remain attached to as a producer. Francis Lawrence, who directed Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and both ‘Mockingjay’ installments, will take over directing duties for Cameron on the film, which is based on a true story.
Lawrence will play Audrey Mestre, a world record-setting free diver from France who died tragically when she attempted to beat her own record of diving to 557.7 feet in 2002. James Cameron actually filmed Mestre’s husband, free diver Francisco “Pipín” Ferreras, as he attempted to complete the dive that took the life of his beloved wife.
J. Michael Straczynski wrote the most recent draft of ‘The Dive,’ based on the first draft by ‘Avatar’ screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis. Straczynski previously wrote ‘World War Z’ and received a story credit on ‘Thor,’ and is a co-creator on Andy and Lana Wachowski’s upcoming Netflix series ‘Sense8.’
In 2006, Carlos Serra, a former partner of Ferreras who co-organized Mestre’s fatal dive, published a book about the tragic event titled ‘The Last Attempt.’ In that book, Serras blames Ferreras for Mestre’s death, concluding that she died due to his irresponsible actions. ‘The Dive’ will probably not include these accusations, given Cameron’s relationship to Ferreras.