??Jennifer Lawrence To Play ?Elizabeth Holmes? In ?Adam McKay??’s Theranos Biopic
X-Men: Apocalypse star Jennifer Lawrence may be once again playing a real-life person in a dramatic biopic, according to Deadline. The last time this happened was in 2015 when the actress starred in David O. Russell’s Joy — a film about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. It received some fairly lukewarm reviews, but the Hunger Games actress did receive an Oscar-nomination for her performance.
Now, it’s being reported that Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Elizabeth Holmes in The Big Short director Adam McKay’s drama centered around Holmes and her medical company Theranos.
Theranos was founded by Homes back in 2003 with the goal of streamlining and standardizing blood testing by making the process quicker and cheaper by using a hand-held device as opposed to traditional methods of drawing blood through an injection. Elizabeth Holmes, 32, was able to raise over $700 million from investors for the startup company after having dropped out of Stanford, as the company appeared to be quite a game-changer for the blood diagnostics industry. However, Theranos is currently under criminal investigation over claims of inaccurate test results.
“The company continues to work closely with regulators and is cooperating fully with all investigations,” Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Theranos, said in an email.
Jennifer Lawrence is currently 25-years-old, and with Elizabeth Homes currently being 32, taking on this roll continues Lawrence’s streak of playing characters that are written to be older than she actually is. Jennifer has done the same thing in her last three films with David O. Russell — Joy, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook.
However, Lawrence’s role as Elizabeth Holmes is not the only biopic project that she is currently attached to.
It’s What I Do, a biopic drama from director Steven Spielberg, will also star Jennifer Lawrence as wartime photographer Lynsey Addario, one of four journalists who was held captive by the Libyan Army in 2011. Lawrence will also be playing Marita Lorenz in Marita, a film about the German-born American woman who had an affair with Fidel Castro and was involved in an assassination plot against him.
This also continues a more dramatic-turn in Adam McKay’s directorial career, coming off of the Oscar-nominated film about the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, The Big Short. Gary Sanchez Productions will be producing the Elizabeth Holmes Theranos biopic.
Aside from the biopics, Jennifer Lawrence has some other high-profile projects she is currently attached to, or at least rumored to be attached to. One of them being the Ocean’s Eleven remake, which, according to IMDb, is currently titled Ocean’s Ocho. Although, according to AceShowbiz, Jennifer Lawrence is unable to join the project due to a busy schedule. Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, and Helena Bonham Carter seem to currently be attached to the project.
X-Men director thinks Jennifer Lawrence should get her own solo movie as Mystique!!! We totally agree! pic.twitter.com/1gCrPa745v
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And is Jennifer Lawrence’s run in the X-Men movies really over? X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer seems to think that Lawrence’s shapeshifting character Mystique is worthy of receiving her own standalone film.
“I think [Mystique’s] right for [a solo movie], whether it’s Jennifer or not,” said Singer on the Empire podcast. “Xavier can get into Cerebro and look at the world but he’d rather just teach classes and see the beauty of mutants and humans co-existing in his mansion in Westchester. Along comes Raven with a reality check on the state of the world. It opens up a lot of avenues.”
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