By the age of 25, most of us would settle for being debt free. Well, perhaps that's just me, but compared to Jennifer Lawrence such goals seem futile. At just a quarter of a century, J-Law has already won an Oscar, starred in a billion dollar franchise and spoken up for gender equality. Now, she's set to become one of Hollywood's youngest ever directors.
Although still so young, moving behind the camera has always been an ambition of the Hunger Games star. She confirmed that she has signed up to direct Project Delirium. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, she confirmed:
"It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”
An Acid Trip Gone Wrong
The storyline itself doesn't sound like it'll be a problem; the plot to Project Delirium, based on this article, is about failed mental warfare on soldiers in the '60s. Or, as Lawrence elegantly puts it – "like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong."
Between 1960 and 1969, over 5,000 volunteer soldiers were experimented on with drugs ranging from LSD to marijuana. All of this took place at the Edgewood military facility in Maryland. One man, Colonel James S. Ketchum, is the focus of the New Yorker story titled Operation Delirium.
Many of the soldiers who were experimented on have not been monitored since, and have suffered from significant side effects.
Any film depiction will focus on these events, although there are many other stories of drug-induced experiments in the '60s – such as the CIA's "Mind Control" program, Project MKUltra.
An Exclusive Club
Directing at such a young age is testament to the respect Lawrence has within the film industry. And rightly so; her Oscar winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook (see a clip above), her performance in American Hustle and her epic portrayal of Katniss in Hunger Games prove she's one of the finest actors around.
Due to the intense responsibility, plus multi-million dollar budgets, it's highly unusual for under 30's to be given the high pressured task of directing. For example, Christopher Nolan was 30 when he directed his breakout hit Memento, and Angelina Jolie turned to directing aged 36 with In the Land of Blood and Honey (2012). Yet if Lawrence's flourishing career is anything to go by, she'll surely deliver.
Lawrence has only just wrapped up the Hunger Games franchise, with the release of Mockingjay Part 2 last week, and she's clearly still hungry for more. In addition to directing, she's also co-writing a screenplay with comedian Amy Schumer, where the pair will both feature as on-screen sisters.
Could Lawrence also direct the final product? It's a possibility, as she confirmed in the interview that she would like to direct a comedy someday. We will just have to wait and see.
Source: Entertainment Weekly