Steven Spielberg Will Direct Jennifer Lawrence In This Dangerous War Drama

Jennifer Lawrence's fast and impressive rise to the top of the A-list has seen her have the opportunity to work with some legitimately great directors - including David O. Russell, Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn - but her next project will see her team up with one of Hollywood's most legendary filmmakers. That's because she has agreed to be a part of the upcoming war film It’s What I Do, a film that is in the works with none other than Steven Spielberg attached to take the helm.

Deadline got the scoop on this new project, with the site reporting that Warner Bros. is closing a deal for the movie after a big auction. The project is based on the memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, which was written by photographer Lynsey Addario, and is set shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. Having previous work experience in Afghanistan, Addario traveled to the Middle east to cover and photograph the American invasion, and during her time there not only experienced professional hardship, but also gave a voice to the victims of the conflict.

According to the trade report, there were many top filmmakers and actresses that met with Lynsey Addario to try and turn her book into a movie. While it was ultimately Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence that put in the winning bid, apparently other interested parties included Reese Witherspoon, the team of Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman, and producing partner s George Clooney and Grant Heslov. That's some serious competition, but at the end of the day it's also not hard to see why Addario ultimately went with the team of Spielberg/Lawrence - simply because I think everyone in the world wants to see what they can collaborate to create together.

Being two of the most popular people in Hollywood, both Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence have been incredibly busy as of late, and will have multiple titles coming out in 2015 to prove it. The director has most recently been working on the Tom Hanks-starring Cold War thriller St. James Place - though he is also attached to adapt a big screen version of Roald Dahl's The BFG, and is rumored to come back for Indiana Jones 5. Lawrence, meanwhile, will next be seen in the long-delayed drama Serena, but she has The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 coming out towards the end of the year, and has also been working on her third David O. Russell collaboration - Joy - which will be out at Christmas.

Because both Spielberg and Lawrence are so busy, it's not entirely clear at this point exactly when we might get to see It's What I Do, but given the amount of industry interest in the project, it wouldn't be entirely shocking if Warner Bros. tried to make it a priority.

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