Jennifer Lawrence to Re-Team with ‘American Hustle’ Writer for ‘Marita’

     January 20, 2016


2015 was an interesting year for Jennifer Lawrence. She appeared in one of the most unendurable misfires of the year – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – and also scored yet another Oscar nomination for David O. Russell‘s Joy, perhaps the most misunderstood yet tremendously fascinating film to be released thus far by the talented filmmaker. And she’s seemingly booked nothing but promising gigs for the next few years. This year, we’ll see her returning to her role as Mystique in 20th Century Fox’s anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, and will team with Chris Pratt for Passengers, Morten Tyldum‘s follow-up to The Imitation Game. She’ll also lead upcoming projects from Darren Aronofsky and Steven Spielberg, and now, she’s attached to star in Marita, which tells the wild life story of Marita Lorenz, the German-born mistress of Fidel Castro who went on to be allegedly be hired by the CIA to assassinate her former lover.


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Lorenz was only 19 when she took up with the Cuban revolutionary, and went on to get pregnant and have an abortion before she left Cuba for good. She was reportedly later hired by the C.I.A. to assassinate Castro, and has since suggested that she has highly classified information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and continued to spy for the C.I.A. It’s a tantalizingly bombastic narrative, from the sound of it, and the fact that the script was penned by Eric Warren Singer, the co-writer of Russell’s American Hustle, only makes the entire project all the more promising.

On top of starring in the film, Lawrence is looking to produce the film alongside Scott Mednick, Matt Tolmach, and Andre Rouleau, though there’s no word as of yet as to who would direct the film or co-star with Lawrence. These are major questions, as the right director could make this film as startlingly gorgeous, thoughtful, and well-acted in nearly every regard as Steven Soderbergh‘s masterful Che, which handles a similar time in Cuba’s history. Indeed, the man who portrays Castro will have to be formidable to match the sublimely nuanced delivery and physical attention that Lawrence customarily brings to her characters.


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