2019 is going to be a major year for Jennifer Lawrence. Just months after confirming her engagement to art dealer Cooke Maroney, the Oscar winner has announced her return to Hollywood after taking a year-long sabbatical to focus on political activism, Variety reports. Her first project? An as-yet-untitled film directed by Lila Neugebauer, the renowned theatre director behind the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery last year. Lawrence herself, meanwhile, will produce the feature through her newly-formed female-led company, Excellent Cadaver, with first-time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders penning the script. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but shooting is due to commence in New Orleans this June.
Since becoming a household name thanks to her Oscar-nominated performance in A Winter’s Bone in 2010, Lawrence has been increasingly vocal about sexism in Hollywood – and the clear need for more diverse female talent both in front of and behind the camera. She famously penned an open letter about the industry’s pay gap for Lena Dunham’s now-defunct newsletter Lenny in 2015. “I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable!”, the Silver Linings Playbook star wrote. “Fuck that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.” Let’s hope her first film of 2019 is just as refreshingly candid.
From British Vogue