Jennifer Lawrence says she will play Long Island legend Joy Mangano, the single mom turned multimillionaire inventor, in the Oscar-winner's third movie for filmmaker David O. Russell. Titled "Joy," the movie is scheduled for a Christmas 2015 release.
"He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the . . . [Miracle] Mop. You want to do it?' And I was like, yeah," Lawrence, 23, said on "Live! With Kelly and Michael."
"I could just imagine David just, like, looking at somebody mopping and being like, 'Yeah, that's my next screenplay,' " she added.
Deadline.com reported in January that Russell was in early talks to direct the film, and was eyeing Lawrence to play the lead.
Mangano, of Nissequogue, was a divorced mom of three living in Smithtown in 1989 when she first began finding success with her invention, the Miracle Mop, one designed with a mechanism for wringing it out without getting one's hands wet. With this and other creations that the bubbly blond inventor sold on TV home-shopping channels, she became a cottage industry. Her Edgewood company, Ingenious Designs, became a wholly owned subsidiary of HSN in 1999.
"She's very, very excited and honored," Mangano's daughter, Christie Miranne, told Newsday about her mother's reaction. "There's no more talented an actress than Jennifer Lawrence right now and nobody more talented as a writer and director that David O. Russell right now. It's just too good to be true, on all levels."
Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress in writer-director Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for playing a glamorous 1970s Long Island housewife in Russell's "American Hustle" (2013).
"Joy is a visionary in her field," said HSN spokeswoman Gigi Ganatra Duff. "Her passion for her product is evident through the millions of HSN customers she has cultivated. She has an incredible story that will make an inspiring film."