We’ll soon be living in a time when directors will have the ability to manipulate an actor’s performance in post-production. Disney Research Zurich and the University of Surrey have come up with up FaceDirector, which allows filmmakers to alter the facial expression of an actor, utilizing all the takes from a particular shot to perfect the moment. This is really just a long winded way of saying, don’t be too shocked by this next bit of news.
Doing the rounds for “Joy,” Jennifer Lawrence reveals that her bestie director David O. Russell is already cooking up a new movie for her, but one with a little twist. “David is making something right now and the plan, so far, is for me to play Bob De Niro’s mother … I think that the more people give him crap about me being too young for his parts, he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, watch this’ — so we’ll see,” she told “Live! With Kelly And Michael” (via The Guardian).
Now, it should be mentioned that Russell flirts with digital effects in “Joy,” in a small sequence where VFX are used to make De Niro look younger, ‘Benjamin Button’ style. However, taking the leap to write a movie for an actor who will have to play older, is something else.
There’s no word on what the project actually is, but maybe it’s that 600-page family opus he was recently talking about. That would seem like a good fit for the technology.
For now, you can see Lawrence and Russell’s latest, “Joy,” on Christmas Day.