JOY Firmed Up as David O. Russell’s Next Film; December 25, 2015 Release Set

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It appears that David O. Russell has settled on his next project.  Earlier this year, we learned that Russell was developing a biopic about Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano as a star vehicle for frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.  It looks like the film, titled Joy, has now been firmed up as Russell’s next movie, as 20th Century Fox has set a December 25, 2015 release date for the project.  Long Island native Mangano was a single mother of three when she developed the prototype for her Miracle Mop in 1990.  The product became a huge seller on QVC when Mangano went on air to pitch it, and she now has over 100 patents and a key role on the Home Shopping Network.  Hit the jump for more.

david-o-russell-jennifer-lawrence-joyThough its still a ways away, December 2015 is already starting to get pretty crowded.  X-Mas with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicks off the month on December 11th, then of course we have the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy The Nest squaring off against Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18th, followed by Kung Fu Panda 3 on December 23rd.  On the Christmas Day date of Joy, the Tom Cruise sequel Mission: Impossible 5 is also currently slated for release.

Russell is no stranger to December, as his last two films have opened around the same time in the midst of a heavy awards push.  The filmmaker was really going for the Oscar with American Hustle only to see the film shut out at the ceremony, so it’ll be interesting to see if Joy will follow the same mold or if it might harken back to his earlier, weirder filmography.  Personally, I prefer the Russell of Three Kings to the Russell of Silver Linings Playbook, but he seems keen on his new extremely loose style so one imagines Joy will feel pretty similar to his recent string of hits.

There’s no confirmation that Lawrence is officially signed on to star in the film, but she seemed enthusiastic about the prospect recently.  The actress is currently finishing up filming the final Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and she’s poised to return for X-Men: Apocalypse, but she likely won’t have trouble finding time to shoot Joy later this year, especially given her rapport with Russell.

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  • Chris

    Firmed up???????

  • Chris

    Firmed up???????

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Insert generic American Hustle hate joke here. –> ____.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Insert generic American Hustle hate joke here. –> ____.

  • Roger

    Jennifer Lawrence is back! And she is going to sweep competition away! Oscar n.2 is near…

  • Roger

    Jennifer Lawrence is back! And she is going to sweep competition away! Oscar n.2 is near…

  • JCubs79

    A movie about the women who invented the mop…..Will be passing on this one.

  • Richard

    People who say the plot is boring are so wrong!…This movie could be a masterpiece knowing what DOR and the great Jennifer Lawrence are capable of. Can’t wait to see it!

  • Hey…HEY!

    Jennifer Lawrence needs to stop working with David O. Russell and start diversifying her film work. She hasn’t made anything that wasn’t an X-men, Hunger Games, or D.O.R film since before her nomination for Winter’s Bone. For Pete’s sake, do something different.

    • Norrtron

      She also did The Beaver and House at the End of the Street, also just recently finished up on Serena.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        Technically The Beaver and House at the End of the Street were made before Winter’s Bone came out, so it’s technically just Serena. Although with that movie, people will add “Films with Bradley Cooper” to that list.

        To be fair, The Hunger Games films & X-Men films are big investments, especially where you’re basically the main characters (or one of), so she probably only has enough time to make the DOR films. Also shes probably pretty expensive now, and since Russell gave her an Oscar, she feels obligated to help him when he wants it.

      • Hey…HEY!

        For some reason I thought D.O.R. was directing Serena. I think I was confused because human greaseball Bradley Cooper is in it also and I just assumed Russell had something to do with it. The Beaver and House at the End were both filmed pre-2010 and were shelved until later.
        All I’m saying is I hope she finds better, more adult, dramatic work to hone her immense but still raw skills as an actress. And maybe work with directors who can focus her talent not just let her run wild ala D.O.R.

  • guest

    O.Russell is so overrated.
    SLP was just a better than average romantic comedy and Hustle was a mess.

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  • Stergios

    Jennifer Lawrence is an astonishing actress, a true force of nature. I’m in awe of her performances in films like “The Poker House”, “The Burning Plain”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”. And I just love her in everything she does, from “X-Men” and “Hunger Games” to brief appearances in indie diamonds like “Like Crazy”. There’s something extremely authentic and raw in the way she approaches every character and that’s why her performance as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” received so much love. It’s so rare to watch an actor, let alone an actor in Jennifer Lawrence’s age, to display such maturity and truth everytime he/she appears on screen. I strongly believe she’s one of the greats – she has proven it over and over again. And I obviously can’t wait for “Joy”, everytime she teams up with David O. Russell, the result is magical.

    • Hey…HEY!

      Jennifer? Is that you?

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  • Staci Holmes

    So biggest contemporary female movie star gets main roll in big budget film as inventor of mop… Yep, everything seems to be in place here.

  • Sheryl Ferguson

    I hope they have her play a part more age appropriate like a 50 year old whose seen it all.

  • Shannon Crawford

    I think Lawrence is adorable and cool, but I really can’t stand any of O. Russel’s flicks. Here’s hoping that she lands a role in a film.

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