Washington: Actor Jennifer Lawrence is all set to re-explore her Indie roots with an untitled drama under the banner of IAC films and A24.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film, while Lawrence and Justine Polsky will be on board to produce the drama through their newly found company Excellent Cadaver.
The untitled project, written by first-time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders, will mark the feature debut of Lila Neugebauer, who has quickly ascended in the past few years to become one of the most exciting young New York stage directors.
Principal photography of the film kicks off mid-June in New Orleans.
“It’s an intimate film that wants to be close to the bone and wants to be quite personal,” said Neugebauer, who has gained reputation for the subtlety of her productions with their ultra-naturalistic flow and seamless ensemble work.
Sharing her views on this project, Neugebauer told The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s something that I always wanted to do and has been in the back of my mind for some time now. I directed my first episode of television last spring, on the Duplass Brothers’ HBO show Room 104. That was a really lovely opportunity to get behind the camera because the throughline of that anthology show is that they’re all set in the same hotel room, so in a way, they’re sort of all one-act plays. It was a very natural fit.”
The Lawrence feature marks the second new project announced in the past few weeks from IAC and A24, which teamed previously on Lady Bird, Eighth Grade, Mid90s and Ex Machina.
The companies also are working on a film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s 2016 Tony Award winner for best play, ‘The Humans’, which was produced by Rudin on Broadway. Karam will adapt and direct the film, set to star Beanie Feldstein, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and Jayne Houdyshell, reprising her Tony-winning role.
Also in the pipeline from Rudin and Bush is Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow; Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand; and the ‘Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems, with Adam Sandler and LaKeith Stanfield.