Jennifer Lawrence Circling Darren Aronofsky Film; Drops Out of ‘Rosie Project’

Darren Aronofsky Indie Project

The Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence comes off two blockbuster franchises, X-Men and The Hunger Games, and it’s time to rethink her schedule.

Lawrence is now in talks to star in a mystery indie project from Darren Aronofsky, even if it’s at the expense of teaming with Richard Linklater (Boyhood).

The actress has dropped Linklater’s forthcoming romantic dramedy, The Rosie Project in favor of Aronofsky’s next film, which he plans to shoot this spring. That’s what we know and that’s all we know about it. Aronofsky’s last female-led film was 2010’s Black Swan, which received five Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress win for Natalie Portman.

Well, one thing’s for sure: Aronofsky just needs to stay away from big budgets as he failed twice with 2006’s The Fountain and 2014’s Noah. Sticking him to indie dramas might give JLaw the second Oscar. How else to explane the courage she had to quit a Linklater’s film, a script especially written for her only?

Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (The Fault in Our Stars) have already adapted Graeme Simsion‘s 2013 novel of the same name, which follows a genetics professor with limited social skills who comes up with a survey “to find a perfect mate,” but his plans fall apart when he meets Rosie (formerly Lawrence) who turns his whole theory upside down.

Elsewhere, Lawrence is currently shooting the science fiction romance Passengers with Chris Pratt and is attached to star in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming war film It’s What I Do. Meanwhile, her final Hunger Games entry is due out November 20th, and her latest collaboration with David O Russell, Joy, releases shortly after on Christmas Day.

The Hollywood Reporter had the Rosie Project news first, and Variety broke the Aronofsky attachment.