Jennifer Lawrence and Steven Spielberg team up for war photographer drama

The director will adapt the memoir It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

After a spate of acclaimed roles, it looks like Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence’s next part will be also be picture-perfect – and a team-up with director Steven Spielberg.


The Hunger Games’ Lawrence is set to star as real-life war photographer Lynsey Addario, who made her way in a male-dominated field to gain Pulitzer Prize success and renown. Her visits to countries including post 9/11 Afghanistan, the Congo and Libya (where she was kidnapped by Gaddafi’s army) have won her acclaim for her depiction of the victims of conflict.

According to Deadline, Spielberg is heading up the project, which is based on Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, published earlier this year, with American Sniper’s Andrew Lazar also on board to produce.

Addario’s account has been hot property in Hollywood and was the subject of an intense bidding war on Monday featuring the likes of George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and Darren Aronofsky. Other actresses reported to have been up for the role included Margot Robbie, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon, before producers Warner Bros triumphed, with their Lawrence and Spielberg collaboration.


Lawrence will next be seen in the final Hunger Games instalment this November before reuniting with director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper in Joy. Spielberg is directing St James Place – his first film since 2012’s Lincoln – before moving onto The BFG, both starring Wolf Hall’s Mark Rylance.