Jennifer Lawrence is being lined up to star in The Weinstein Company’s period melodrama The Ends of the Earth, while also pulling in $10m (£6.4m) for reprising her role in The Hunger Games sequel.
The 21-year-old actress is in talks to appear in Harvey Weinstein’s project as American socialite Lydie Marland, who caused controversy when she married her adopted father, oil baron E.W. Marland.
Lawrence, from Louisville, Kentucky, made her film debut in Guillermo Arriaga’s independent drama The Burning Plain before being Oscar-nominated at the age of 20 for her role in Debra Granik’s social-realist exploration of meth-addiction Winter’s Bone. She was the second youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar in history.
From there, she hit the mainstream by playing Mystique in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class before landing the role of Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’ adaption of Suzanne Collins’ viral novels.
The first Hunger Games film cost $78 million and has grossed $683,767,482 worldwide, even before a DVD release – making it the second highest grossing film of 2012.
As an indication of how her profile has risen throughout 2012, Lawrence received $500,000 plus bonuses for her role in the first The Hunger Games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As well as the Hunger Games sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she has also been signed on to reprise her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
As for The Ends of the Earth, Lawrence is the Weinstein brother’s number one choice for the challenging role of Lydie Marland, whose relationship with her father ultimately destroy the empire they built together, according to Variety.
Jennifer plays the educated, opinionated socialite who urges her husband to raise workers’ wages and improves their access to medical care, earning her the nickname of “princess of the prairies”.
Chris Terrio has written the script and Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce for Escape Artists. An actor to play her 54-year-old husband is yet to be cast. Production is scheduled for next summer.