Monday, December 1, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence After "The Hunger Games"

Long before she picked up a bow and arrow to play heroine Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," Jennifer Lawrence was making a name for herself. Though she became the highest-earning female action hero of all time almost overnight, she still had quite a bright future ahead of her even before she became a resident of the fictional Panem.

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Like most Hollywood actors, she had to make her way up the ladder, toiling for several years in TV movies and appearing in 24 episodes of the maligned "The Bill Engvall Show." Unlike most of her young acting counterparts, she hadn't taken a single acting lesson or class before she jumped into the fray. This makes her ability to emote on the screen that much more impressive.

After "The Bill Engvall Show" was canceled in 2009, Lawrence's career really began to take off. In 2010, she signed on to star in "Winter's Bone," which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. She became the second-youngest woman to ever be nominated in this category.

Soon after she was nominated for the Oscar, it was announced that she had been cast in the lead role in the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games," based on the megahit novel by Suzanne Collins. It was a highly coveted role that several young Hollywood starlets had tried to get. There was initially some criticism from fans, who felt that Lawrence was too old to portray the teenaged Katniss. Others complained that Katniss was supposed to be olive-skinned, implying someone of a different ethnicity. Nonetheless, filming began in North Carolina, and a release date was set for March 2012.

The next film Jennifer Lawrence got to work on was "House at the End of the Street," a horror thriller costarring Elisabeth Shue. In it, she plays Shue's daughter, who moves with her mom to a new town. She finds out that there was a grisly double murder in the house next door. After befriending the son of the murder victims, she finds out that there may still be more murder and mayhem in store. The film is due to be released on September 21, 2012.

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Next came "Silver Linings Playbook," about a man (Bradley Cooper) who has a breakdown and has to be committed to a mental institution. Upon his release, he tries to get his wife and his life back on track. In the meantime, he moves in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and meets Tiffany, a girl with a mysterious past. Lawrence plays Tiffany in the film, due to be released on November 21, 2012.

She must have liked working with Cooper, because her next project was "Serena," which also costars Cooper. This time, he plays her husband, George Pemberton, the owner of a North Carolina sawmill. Lawrence takes on the title role in the film, which is set during the Great Depression era, when many businesses like theirs went out of business. Things are further complicated when it is revealed that Serena is barren, meaning that there will be no heirs to the sawmill. "Serena" is slated for a 2013 release, though there is no exact date yet.

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Finally, Lawrence will get to revisit her past characters. First up, she slips back into Katniss Everdeen's clothes in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," based on the second novel in the Suzanne Collins trilogy. Many of her costars will return, along with newly announced Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Lynn Cohen as Mags. Like many franchise films, this one has a scheduled release far in advance for November 22, 2013.

In addition, Lawrence will also get back into the makeup chair to reprise her role of Mystique, the blue-painted supervillain of the X-Men comic book series. She first played the role in 2001 in "X-Men: First Class," a prequel to the previous X-Men movies made famous by Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine. She took over the role from Rebecca Romijn, who made a small cameo in the film. The sequel is slated for a July 2014 bow, which means you haven't seen the last of Lawrence for a very long time.


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