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.”
“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.