David O. Russell is attached to several hundred projects, but by all accounts, his follow-up to The Fighter will be an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook. Russell tapped frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg to star as a delusional former high school history teacher: “Believing that he’s only been away for a few months instead of the four years he just spent in a mental institution, the teacher sets about wooing back his ex-wife.” Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks, presumably to play the ex-wife. Russell tested several young actresses — including Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, and Olivia Wilde — for a coveted role. According to Deadline, Jennifer Lawrence bested the lot to become the frontrunner to star opposite Wahlberg as “an eccentric neighbor with problems of her own.”
Production on Silver Linings is slated for the fall, which gives Lawrence time to wrap The Hunger Games. I’m going to see every movie starring Lawrence and every movie Russell directs in the near future. If they do team up, I’ll have enough ticket money to see it twice!
Read the synopsis of the Matthew Quick source novel after the jump.
Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)
The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G! [Amazon]
That’s a stupid closing line.