Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are in early talks to take the lead role in Passengers, the science fiction romance linked to the Oscar-nominated Norwegian director of The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum.
Variety reports that Lawrence has received an offer for the female lead, a role which was previously being considered by Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams. The Wrap broke the news that Pratt, the breakout male star of 2014 following standout turns in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie, is being eyed for the male lead. It is understood the 35-year-old actor also has an offer in place.
Passengers centres on a space traveller on a voyage to a distant planet taking place many years in the future who unexpectedly awakens from cryogenic sleep almost a century too early. Bereft of company, he decides to awaken a female fellow passenger, leading to an unexpected romance.
Passengers will hope to echo the huge box office success of recent space dramas like Interstellar and Gravity – the latter was also the recipient of seven Oscars last year.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and her “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence are reteaming on “The Dive,” which is being produced by James Cameron, TheWrap has learned.
Representatives for Jennifer Lawrence and Francis Lawrence did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
“The Dive” tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air.
Lawrence will play Mestre, who died during an attempt to beat her own world record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his late wife by diving to the same depth in an attempt that was filmed by Cameron.
Cameron is producing with his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Rae Sanchini as well as Barry Josephson. Dana Stevens (“Safe Haven”) wrote the most recent draft of the script, according to an individual familiar with the project.
The Lawrences have worked together on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and the two-part finale “Mockingjay.”
Jennifer has become a familar face on the Fox lot, as she’s preparing to star in David O. Russell‘s “Joy” as well as Bryan Singer‘s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” in which she’ll return as Mystique.
Francis previously worked with Fox on “Water for Elephants.” He also directed “I Am Legend” and “Constantine” for Warner Bros.
CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush represent both Lawrences, while the director is also repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.
Stevens created the CBS series “Reckless” and previously wrote “Blink,” “City of Angels” and “For the Love of the Game.” She’s represented by WME.
Fox is moving ahead with “Joy,” setting a Christmas 2015 release date for what’s being developed as a potential Jennifer Lawrence vehicle about the inventor of the Miracle Mop. Fox had no further comment.
David O. Russell indicated earlier this year that he was looking to cast Lawrence as inventor-entrepreneur Joy Mangano. Lawrence said last month on “Live With Kelly and Michael” that she was interested in the project.
Russell directed Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.”
John Davis and John Fox are producing for Fox-based Davis Entertainment along with Ken Mok. The script has been written by “Bridesmaids” co-scribe Annie Mumolo.
Mangano, who invented the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers, is the president of Ingenious Designs and appears regularly on the Home Shopping Network.
Lawrence has been shooting the “Mockingjay” movies in Atlanta and Europe.
“Joy” is the third title to be dated for Christmas, 2015, following Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible 5″ and Fox/DreamWorks’ “KungFu Panda 3.”