Is Jennifer Lawrence the most wanted actress in Hollywood? All signs seem to be pointing to yes as she is on the cusp of landing yet another high profile female lead. Deadline reports the young thesp is currently the front-runner to take the female lead in David O Russell’s follow up to “The Fighter”, the Mark Wahlberg starring drama “The Silver Linings Playbook.” If Lawrence signs on, she will have beaten out just about every other hot young actress who were all vying and had tested for the part, including Olivia Wilde, Andrea Riseborough, Rachel McAdams and Blake Lively. Lesson learned: do not underestimate Jennifer Lawrence.
The film revolves around Wahlberg as a man who suffers a mental collapse, goes through treatment at an institution and is released with a new found determination to find the silver linings in life. The female role is that of a depressed woman who goes on a sexual spree in the wake of the death of her husband. She befriends and becomes a love interest to Wahlberg’s character. Lawrence still seems young for such a role to us, but her acting chops will certainly go a long way to convince moviegoers.
Lawrence is no stranger to beating out heavy competition to land big roles. After scoring an Oscar nomination for her revelatory role in last year’s “Winter’s Bone”, Lawrence immediately landed the female lead in Oliver Stone’s highly sought after “Savages”, only to follow that up with an even bigger fish: the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s adaptation of monster hit novels “The Hunger Games” trilogy, which she won over the likes of Hailee Steinfeld, Chloe Moretz and Emily Browning. Lawrence immediately dropped “Savages”, paving the way for the usual suspects to fight it out once again, with Lively eventually coming out on top. It had been reported that Lawrence’s follow-up to “The Hunger Games” would be Sissy Spacek’s directorial debut, “Sweet Tea”, but her involvement in that project is now in doubt.