For the past several decades, Steven Spielberg has been one of the top-tier marquee directorial talents on the Hollywood A-list, with actor John Hurt even describing him as a “god” of a director. When you take a name like Spielberg’s and combine it with one of the biggest stars of modern Hollywood, you instantly have a project that will attract a great deal of attention worldwide. This next project of Spielberg’s is likely to do exactly that.
According to Variety, actress Jennifer Lawrence has joined Spielberg to play renowned international photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a new film based on her memoir. The film, entitled It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War (after the book), will follow Addario’s astounding 20-year career, which has covered a multitude of international incidents, wars, and human rights abuses across several continents.
A great deal of her work has focused on the Middle East in countries like Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as notable assignments and images from Darfur, the Congo, and Haiti. In 2011, she and three other reporters from The New York Times were captured in Libya during that country’s revolution that deposed Muammar Gaddafi, but were released after enduring nearly a week of threats and mistreatment.
It was reported that Warner Bros. will be the studio backing the film adaptation, after winning a heated bidding contest that attracted several different potential buyers. Andrew Lazar, a key producer on Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, will be turning his direction to this film next.
Spielberg’s next film for Disney is an untitled Cold War drama starring Tom Hanks that’s scheduled to bow in October of this year, when he will then turn to his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book The BFG for release in July of 2016. Lawrence is currently shooting director David O. Russell’s latest film Joy, which is slotted for a Christmas season release this year. The next appearance she’ll have on the big screen is in the finale to The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay – Part 2, which will hit theaters in November.
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