With three nominations, and one win, at the Academy Awards, she might have found her fourth nomination, and possible second win. Even better, she’s teaming up with Adam McKay for this project, which tells the story of a medical tech billionaire who went from riches to rags. Jennifer Lawrence is a pretty good hunter when it comes to Oscar-worthy projects.
Deadline scooped the story about the recent Oscar nominees and their new project, which delves into the history of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the startup company Theranos. With a product that was supposed to revolutionize the field of blood testing, Holmes rode the wave to a $9 billion evaluation, and a personal wealth of half that amount.
But, as any good tragedy in our time, allegations of inaccurate test results and problems at one of the corporation’s main labs have driven the value of the company to an all time low. Think of this new project as the anti-thesis of Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy, through the lens of Adam McKay’s The Big Short.
If this film doesn’t sound like it’s in the perfect wheelhouse for Jennifer Lawrence, then frankly, we don’t know what is. Holmes’ story not only sounds like the setup for a typical Lawrence biopic, but it’s got a sort of wicked twist that her films seemed to have lacked in recent years.
For once, Lawrence sounds like she’ll be playing a character that doesn’t seem to be likable by the end of the story’s course of events. With this sort of extension of range, a nomination sounds like it’s almost assured. Of course, she’s not the only person who stands to take another swing at the Oscar fences with Elizabeth Holmes’ story.
After winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short this past year, Adam McKay must have the golden bug himself. With his directorial hand guiding the Elizabeth Holmes story in production, he could at the very least land another nomination for Best Director with this picture. Though it wouldn’t be a surprise if he decided to do some punch-up work on the script, gaining him another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.
Either way, the team-up between McKay and Jennifer Lawrence seems to sound like a match made in Oscar heaven, and we can’t wait to hear where further developments take the project. As of now, we don’t have any further details on when the project is aiming for production or release, but as soon as we have any further details, you’ll be the first to know!