Jennifer Lawrence drops out of Bad Blood, joins Lynne Ramsay project

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Jennifer Lawrence has left Adam McKay’s planned biopic of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, opting instead to join Lynne Ramsay’s next film. 

Jennifer Lawrence won’t be reuniting with director Adam McKay for her next film after all.

The actor worked with McKay on 2021’s Don’t Look Up, leading a star-packed ensemble for the Netflix production. Lawrence was all set to work with McKay once more, this time collaborating on a biopic of Elizabeth Holmes, the infamous founder of Silicon Valley company Theranos. Lawrence was set to produce and star in the project, which is being financed by Apple.

If reports are accurate, Lawrence saw Amanda Seyfried’s award-winning turn in The Dropout, the TV adaptation of the same story, and simply decided that Seyfried’s performance was so complete, there was little left to add.

It’s certainly a move that’s in keeping with Lawrence’s career choices of late: the actor left her representation CAA earlier this year, stating that she had been ‘hijacked’ into doing blockbuster material. Instead, Lawrence has seemed to shift her focus away from projects where she sees less artistic challenge, appearing instead in smaller indie films like this year’s Causeway. 

Instead of working with McKay, it looks like Lawrence will be joining an equally exciting project, an adaptation of Ariana Harwicz’s novel, Die, My Love. The book is being adapted for the big screen by none other than celebrated British director Lynne Ramsay, the helmer of We Need To Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really Here. Martin Scorsese is also producing.

The film ‘unfolds in a forgotten patch of the French countryside. A woman is battling her demons: embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprising leeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, she nevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed.’ It certainly sounds like the kind of meaty role that Lawrence would relish and we’re intrigued to see who else will be joining the cast for this one. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

The New York Times

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