David O. Russell can’t get enough of Jennifer Lawrence. The “Silver Linings Playbook” director has signed on to direct Lawrence in “The Ends of the Earth,” which The Weinstein Company acquired worldwide rights to on Tuesday.
Both Russell and Lawrence are nominated for Oscars this year for “Silver Linings,” Russell for his direction and script and Lawrence for Best Actress. Weinstein distributed that movie as well.
“Argo” scribe Chris Terrio wrote the script for “Ends,” which tells the story of oil tycoon Ernest Marland and his downfall after he is caught in an affair. Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Steve Tisch and Jason Blumenthal are producing.
“Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most versatile actresses we have ever seen,” the producers said in a statement. “Her performance in Silver Linings was transcendent and was truly the heart and soul of the film. Jennifer was basically asked to play 4 personalities — depressed, sexy, romantic and a wild dancer — and did them all brilliantly. After seeing that performance we knew we had our anchor for ‘The End of the Earth.’”
As if two collaborations weren’t enough, Lawrence also signed on to Russell’s next project, an untitled film about the FBI’s Abscam sting operation.
“She is the most dedicated person I know,” Russell said of Lawrence in a statement. “She is devoted to her family and they have been the true inspiration for her character and integrity. Her acting is effortless and she always makes it look easy.”