What can’t Jennifer Lawrence do? In under a year, the 25-year-old Oscar winner — bidding for another nomination for David O. Russell’s as-yet-unseen “Joy” — has sailed global box office leviathan “The Hunger Games” to the finish line, decried sexism in Hollywood and now has her sights on directing.
“I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it,” she told Entertainment Weekly, which has the scoop on her planned directorial debut “Project Delirium.” Based off a 2012 New Yorker piece by Raffi Khatchadorian, the film, she said, is “about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong.” The piece is focused on military doctors performing disturbing chemical experiments on soldiers during the Cold War.
Lawrence is influential enough to make the shift to directing, especially in this particularly urgent moment of heightening awareness for women in Hollywood. She’s also teaming up with pal Amy Schumer to co-write a screenplay where they play sisters.