Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, arguably Hollywood’s two most hotly coveted marquee draws, will now be joined by Brit character actor Michael Sheen in Sony’s sci-fi space romance “Passengers.” (Variety reports.)
It’s directed by Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) from a script by “Doctor Strange” scribe Jon Spaihts, who was also on the writing team for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” Sheen will star in the film about an interstellar voyage to a new planet alongside Pratt and Lawrence’s characters, who fall in love on the spacecraft after one passenger emerges from cryogenic sleep 90 years early and decides to wake a female traveler.
It has been a buzzy week for Jennifer Lawrence, 24, since she charmed the Comic-Con corps on a “Hunger Games” panel with co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, as well as Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” panel and the Conan O’Brien Show. She also appeared in the first trailer for David O. Russell’s Fox picture “Joy” (out December 25). In her third pairing with director Russell—marking the first time he’s put her front and center—she plays the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. It looks dazzling. “Hunger Games” chores, when the film opens November 20, will keep her busy in the Fall as she juggles an inevitable awards campaign for “Joy.” She won an Oscar for Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” and was nominated for “American Hustle.” (Watch “Joy” trailer below.)
Columbia is also developing romantic comedy “The Rosie Project” for the star, adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (“(500) Days of Summer”) from the Graeme Simsion novel, which is looking for a director after “The Lego Movie” directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord dropped out to take over the Han Solo “Star Wars” spin-off.
Lawrence is currently filming Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” out May 26 next year, in what could be her last stint as blue-fleshed mutant Mystique, although she hasn’t yet closed that door. Lawrence is also attached to another prestige picture for Amblin and Warner Bros., playing Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in Steven Spielberg’s “It’s What I Do,” based on Addario’s recently published memoir.
Her charismatic “Passengers” co-star Chris Pratt proved he’s worth his box office salt in Universal’s massively successful “Jurassic World,” which has just crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Along with “Passengers,” the comic actor who broke out in TV’s “Parks and Recreation” will get serious again for Sony in Antoine Fuqua’s long-in-the-works “The Magnificent Seven,” based on Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” He’ll star with Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington. He’s returning to Miller & Lord’s “Lego Movie” sequel. And eventually he’ll rejoin the Marvel universe for the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” (May 5, 2017).