Darren Aronofsky will return for the first time since the divisive “Noah” (2014) with his untitled 2017 relationship drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Javier Bardem is in talks to co-star.
Produced under the writer/director’s own Protozoa Pictures label with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel, the project was passed over by New Regency, with whom Aronofsky has a first-look deal. The film will be the rather deliberate filmmaker’s seventh feature since he debuted “Pi” in 1998, including “Black Swan” (2010), for which he received his sole Oscar nomination. (Aronofsky, whose filmography is defined by challenging, jet-black examinations of characters experiencing physical and psychological, has been better received by the Indie Spirits, from which he’s landed five nominations and three wins.)
The new project, planned for release in 2017, “centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence,” according to Variety. Lawrence won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) Sunday night for her performance in David O. Russell’s “Joy,” and remains a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination.