Jennifer Lawrence & Steven Spielberg Team Up For 'It's What I Do' Biopic & It Sounds Extraordinary
Two American movie icons are teaming up for what is almost guaranteed to be a hit — and potentially future Oscar bait. According to Deadline, Jennifer Lawrence has been cast in Warner Bros.' upcoming biopic about the life of Lynsey Addario, based on Addario's memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War. The picture will be directed by Steven Spielberg and mark the first — and probably not the last — time the iconic director works with the young Oscar winner. (David O. Russell had to let go at some point, right?) Obviously, we're all contractually obligated as citizens to go see this movie, and luckily the story is fascinating enough to pull in audiences on its own.
Lawrence will play Addario, a photographer who built a career doing things that many people would not. She traveled to the Middle East during times of extreme conflict to document the strife and in 2011 was one of four journalists for the New York Times captured by the Libyan Army. According to SlashFilm, here's what the New York Times best-selling memoir that the new, yet-untitled film is based on is about:
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.
Lawrence and Spielberg may be the reason most people see this movie, but the story is pretty damn extraordinary on its own. If there's anything that this team can do, it's bring the story to a mass audience, and Addario deserves to work with a team that can do that.