Jennifer Lawrence had a big day today in the news-world. After recently dropping out of The Glass Castle (though she still remains a producer), she has also left the Richard Linklater project Rosie, a role that was written for Lawrence by Paper Towns scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.
Simultaneously, she has signed on to an unknown project that Darren Aronofsky is putting together. Details about the project are unknown, but Aronofsky hopes to start production in the spring of 2016.
Lawrence is currently filming the science fiction drama Passengers where she will star opposite Chris Pratt. She will next be seen in theaters in Joy and next spring in X-Men: Apocalypse. The Oscar-winning actress also announced with Amy Schumer that they will be writing a feature comedy together and starring as sisters.
With such a busy slate, it may be that Lawrence is simply looking to take a break after filming Passengers before joining Aronofsky’s set next year, however the actress does not give the impression that she wants to slow down. In fact, it is more likely that she is simply trying to break away from her public persona in the roles she chooses and worry less about being “likable.” At least that is what she hints towards in a recent essay she penned for Lena Dunham’s newsletter.
In the few paragraphs on the newsletter “Lenny Letter,” Lawrence described her frustration with being paid less and treated by a different standard than her co-stars. She says, “…if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight.” She also cites how she often feels unheard or scolded for requests when her male co-stars are unchallenged in the same situations. She may be talking about a need for equal pay, but the essay reveals a more mature statement. Lawrence’s “likable” and “adorable” persona that made her a star is not something she is concerned with maintaining any longer.
When we look at the film choices she is making, teaming up with Aronofsky and writing/starring in a comedy with Amy Schumer, we can see the actress challenging herself when she could easily ride on her past success. She may be dropping a couple projects along the way, but her slate has never been more packed as Ms. Lawrence works hard to make sure this new, firm voice of hers is heard.
Lawrence is repped at CAA.
Emily J | Staff Writer