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Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Star as Diver Audrey Mestre

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Star as Diver Audrey Mestre

It looks like all the grueling physical training Jennifer Lawrence underwent for The Hunger Games movies will serve her well even after the YA franchise wraps up this year. 

Lawrence is reportedly set to star in The Dive, playing record-breaking free-diver Audrey Mestre. Born to a French snorkeling and scuba-diving family, Mestre studied marine biology and became a diving devotee who set a female world record in 2000 for descending 130 meters on a single breath of air. Unfortunately, Mestre died two years later in a diving accident — a death for which her husband Francisco “Pipín” Ferreras, also a diver, was initially blamed. Ferreras later wrote a book about their marriage called The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession, which will form the basis of the film. 

After developing the project for over a decade, James Cameron handed over the reins of the film to Francis Lawrence, the director of the second, third, and fourth Hunger Games movies. In addition to Mockingjay – Part 2 (Nov. 20), Lawrence will also be seen this year in Susanne Bier’s Serena (Feb. 26) and David O. Russell’s Joy (Christmas Day).

Watch ESPN’s “Nine for IX” documentary about Mestre below: 

[via The Guardian]

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