Jennifer Lawrence to star in Netflix comedy Don't Look Up; Dev Patel's next will be financial thriller Flash Crash

FP Staff

Feb 20, 2020 12:00:25 IST

Jennifer Lawrence will star in the Adam McKay comedy Don’t Look Up for Netflix. The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it acquired the the project.

McKay, who wrote the script, will direct the film about two low-level astronomers who go on a media tour to warn of an approaching asteroid heading for Earth.

Lawrence has been little seen on the big screen lately, most recently co-starring in last year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The 29-year-old actress took a roughly two-year hiatus from acting but has recently returned to work. Shooting on Don’t Look Up is set to begin in April.

 Jennifer Lawrence to star in Netflix comedy Dont Look Up; Dev Patels next will be financial thriller Flash Crash

Jennifer Lawrence and Dev Patel. Images from Twitter

Dev Patel will be next seen in the adaptation of Bloomberg journalist Liam Vaughan's book Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt, and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History, which he will also executive produce. The book, which details the 2010 stock market crash, will be out this May, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

See-Saw Films and New Regency will together produce the financial thriller. Flash Crash will tell the story of Navinder Singh Sarao, who found a way to beat the stock market, and made millions working from a bedroom of his parents home. Jonathan Perera is attached to write the screenplay.

Patel will be seen next in Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield and The Green Knight, directed by David Lowery.

Two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali is heading to Apple for the feature film Swan Song. According to Deadline, the movie will be written and directed by Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary.

Ali will star as Milo in the genre-bending drama set in the near future, exploring how far someone will go to build a happier life for the people they love. Apple is producing the project with Anonymous Content.

Cleary, who won the best live action short Oscar for his 2015 film Stutterer, said collaborating with Ali is a dream come true.

"I've been developing Swan Song for a while and when I sat down with Apple it was immediately clear they completely understood my vision. Once Mahershala agreed to join us I knew we had something really special. To be making this movie with Mahershala and Anonymous at Apple is an absolute dream," the director said of Ali who won best supporting actor for Moonlight (2017) and Green Book (2019).

Adam Shulman and Jacob Perlin will back the project on behalf of Anonymous Content, along with Ali. Swan Song will go into production in spring and also receive a release in cinema halls.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

 

 

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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2020 13:10:33 IST