After announcing last year that she was taking a breather, Jennifer Lawrence has locked in her first new project. Although lots of details are still being kept in secret, her latest appearance on the big screen looks to return to her indie-scale roots.
Currently untitled, the new A24 drama is to be: “An intimate film that wants to be close to the bone and wants to be quite personal,” according to Lila Neugebauer, who has quickly become one of the most exciting young stage directors in New York. She has gained an incredible reputation for the subtlety of her productions, each of which showcase an ultra-naturalistic flow.
Jennifer Lawrence and Justine Polsky will be on the producing team through their newly formed company Excellent Cadaver, while Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film through their IAC Films division, in partnership with A24.
The script comes from first time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders, with principal photography set to begin in mid-July, taking place in New Orleans.
On discussing her transition into the film, Neugebauer told The Hollywood Reported: “It’s something that I’ve hoped 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.”
Given her natural approach to direction, it should be a seamless fit that Neugebauer and Lawrence collaborate. Neugebauer’s acclaimed off-Broadway productions have included Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, Annie Baker’s The Antipodes, Edward Albee’s At Home At The Zoo, Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe and Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody.
In relation to her latest project she expressed: “Scott very wonderfully thought of me for this project and sent me the script a couple months ago.
“It is a first, but I feel really gratified that I think it’s the right first project for me in the film world. And thus far Jen has been a really astonishing partner as well.
“It was very clear to me very quickly that we have a deep shared understanding of the project and she’s a really collaborative spirit, so I’m looking forward to having this opportunity to merge minds with her.”
IAC and A24 have previously teamed on Lady Bird, Mid90s, Eight Grade and Ex Machina, and their latest partnership should come as one of huge success.
Currently the companies are also working on a film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Humans, produced by Rudin on Broadway. Karam is set to adapt and direct the film, all set to star Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Stever Yeun, Richard Jenkins and Jayne Houdyshell.
Rudin and Bush also have Kelly Richard’s First Crow in the pipeline, alongside Joel Coen’s Macbeth and the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems.