Jennifer Lawrence's new film — has the “Dark Phoenix” actress stuck to her guns?

Dark Phoenix dir. Simon Kinberg 2019

Popular actress Jennifer Lawrence will return in a very different kind of project after Dark Phoenix.

Jennifer Lawrence's new film is shrouded in mystery, but her powers certainly aren't. The actress began appearing on screens in the mid-2000s, yet it wasn't until this current decade that she truly established herself as a major emerging talent. Her leading role in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone demanded attention; the 2010 performance very much set the standard for subsequent roles. 

Since then, she has blown audiences away in such films as Silver Linings Playbook (which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress) and American Hustle. Despite her terrific roles in these efforts, she is perhaps best known for her involvement in two grand blockbuster franchises. Of course, she's most often associated with her recurring role in The Hunger Games series, and also, her portrayal of Mystique in the recent X-Men films. Despite numerous outings within these properties, she's always shined brighter outside of them. In fact, due to her involvement with these two, she's been somewhat undervalued in recent years. 

Although she's due to return to the X-Men universe in Simon Kinberg's Dark Phoenix, it's clear that Lawrence is more interested and passionate about independent projects, or working with prestigious filmmakers. Darren Aronofsky's Mother! in 2017 would certainly reinforce such an assertion, as it arguably showcased her very best work to date. Since her breakout, she's always been interested in pushing herself and proving just how skilled an actress she is. After Mother! we expected her to explore more demanding roles of this type, but instead, she's returned to superhero cinema. 

Although, it appears that Lawrence has plans in place for a new drama film. As reported by Empire, the project will be helmed by esteemed theatre director Lila Neugebauer and will see the actress return to her roots with a smaller-scale production. No plot details have been confirmed, but A24 are attached; the label has become somewhat of a hallmark of quality lately. 

Fortunately, it looks like Jennifer Lawrence wants to continue perfecting her craft rather than merely climb the Hollywood ladder. An independent drama with Lawrence in the lead sounds more interesting than a dozen X-Men films. How exciting. 

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