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Jennifer Lawrence signs for Steven Spielberg drama, plus more movie news

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is set to star

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama about war photographer Lynsey Addario. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Robyn Beck

WHO Jennifer Lawrence

THE MOVIE "It's What I Do"

THE DEAL The star of "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook" has signed on for Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama about a war photographer, Variety reports. The film is based on Lynsey Addario's memoir of the same name, subtitled "A Photographer's Life of Love and War," which was released barely a month ago. Warner Bros. won rights to the book at an auction Monday. Addario, who has worked in Afghanistan and Iraq, won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 and shared a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for her work in Waziristan with The New York Times. Lawrence is currently shooting David O. Russell's "Joy," a biopic about Long Island entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who invented the Miracle Mop.

 

WHO Ethan Hawke

THE MOVIE "The Magnificent Seven"

THE DEAL The Oscar-nominated star of "Boyhood" is in talks to join the cast of an MGM remake of John Sturges' much-loved 1960 Western, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hawke would be rejoining his "Training Day" castmate Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in a film about a woman (Haley Bennett) who hires a group of gunslingers to protect her town from bandits. Chris Pratt is also in the cast. The 1960 film, which starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner, was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1957 classic, "Seven Samurai."

 

WHO Idris Elba

THE MOVIE "Beasts of No Nation"

THE DEAL Netflix may have its eye on the Oscars again. According to Variety, the streaming service paid $12 million for a drama about a child soldier in Africa starring Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and directed by Cary Fukunaga (HBO's "True Detective"). Netflix will release the film simultaneously on its own platform and in select theaters -- a tactic that sounds less like a typical theatrical release and more like an Oscar-qualifying run. Netflix, which increasingly appears to be spending money like a Hollywood studio, scored two Oscar nods over the past two years for its documentaries "The Square" and "Virunga."

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