(EW.com) The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence will play a young Southern mother in Sissy Spacek?s directorial debut Sweet Tea.
?It?s a drama but it?s kind of a down south love story drama,? Lawrence tells EW exclusively. ?About a mother who gets married young and meets another man and starts thinking that maybe she made a mistake.?
Sweet Tea is scheduled to go into production within a week or two after Lawrence wraps The Hunger Games, Gary Ross? adaptation of Suzanne Collins? beloved dystopian YA novel which started filming last week in North Carolina.
?Right after!? Lawrence cheerfully moans. ?I was like damnnnnnn. When I read the script and I loved it I was like ?Ohhhhh! Because I knew it was going to have to be directly after and I?m just going to be exhausted but I can?t help it. I love it.?
The Oscar nominee Lawrence (Winter?s Bone) finds herself in high demand right now, in the lucky position of turning jobs down.
?If Hunger Games goes well, I can just do the things that I really want,? she says. ?If the scripts are not what I absolutely love I don?t have to do them. I can just rest. So that?s what I keep saying to scripts. It?s good but not better than sleep.?
But the Sweet Tea script, written by Blood Diamond scribe C. Gaby Mitchell, won her over, to say nothing of the prospect of working with Oscar winner Spacek on her directorial debut.
?Sissy is nice, normal, just a mom,? she says, ?and a great director too.?
EW: After weeks of hand-wringing about whether Jennifer Lawrence was the right girl to pick up Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen?s bow, fans seemed to have taken heart from both EW?s exclusive first look and Lawrence?s sensitive take on the character. That frees up some mental energy to concentrate on other matters surrounding Gary Ross? movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins? epic adventure. Like, will Josh Hutcherson look good blonde? And is Liam Hemsworth an interesting actor, or just a muscular one? Here, Lawrence offers her take on what makes them the right guys to play Katniss? District 12 homeboys Peeta and Gale.
PEETA (Josh Hutcherson): ?Josh is so charming,? she says. ?He?s so charming! And when you read in the books about Peeta being able to manipulate anybody ? I mean Josh could get, well, I don?t know a metaphor for [this scenario] except for dirty ones. But he?s charming, he?s sweet, he?s down to earth, he?s normal. He embodies all of it and brings it all to Peeta. So when you meet him he?s got all of these great qualities and every single one of them come across in every line he says out loud as Peeta.?
GALE (Liam Hemsworth): ?Liam is just a solid brick of muscle and you look at him and you?re like ?Oh, okay great!?? she says. ?But he?s got depth and he?s interesting and at the same time he?s natural and he flows.?
For more on The Hunger Games, including photos of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and a guide to the film?s other characters, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.
MTV News was lucky enough to score a few minutes with Jennifer Lawrence recently to talk all about her exciting upcoming projects, including “The Hunger Games” and “X-Men: First Class.” While discussing the huge fan-following behind the “Games” trilogy, the topic of comparisons to another popular book series-turned-box-office dominator, “Twilight,” and its leading lady, Kristen Stewart, came up.
Given that “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” have a few similarities, MTV asked Lawrence if she’s spoken to Stewart about the experience, or if she’d want to commiserate in any way about starring in hugely popular book-to-movie franchises.
“No, I haven’t spoken to her,” Lawrence said, and then playfully acted out a little pantomime scene of what might happen if and when the two ever do meet.
To do so, Lawrence used a series of incomprehensible grunts and gestures that could be loosely translated as, “Hi, how are you? You’re in those movies. You are, too. Cool.”
“I don’t really know what we’d say,” Lawrence admitted. “[We’d] just be like [gestures to an invisible book in her hand], ‘Books! Who knew?'”
There are more videos as well! Jennifer also talks X-Men: First Class, ’60s fashion and X-Men director, Hunger Games casting, archery and more & Hunger Games story.
(via MTV.com) The lovely Jennifer Lawrence stopped by MTV News recently to explain why taking on Mystique wasn’t actually a no-brainer, and how it felt to step into Rebecca Romijn’s very pretty and very hard-to-fill shoes.
“It was a brainer,” Lawrence said about her decision to take the role, adding that she first had to familiarize herself with the world of X-Men before reading the script.
“The movies are fantastic. I watched them and became a huge fan and after reading the [“X-Men: First Class”] script I really loved it and I loved the character,” she explained. “I was already a fan of the director, I was already a fan of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbeneder, so then it became a little bit more of a no-brainer.”
Regarding the fact that Lawrence is not the first actress to play Mystique, the Oscar nominee joked that it would have helped if her predecessor had been less attractive.
“It would have made my job a lot easier if she wasn?t the most gorgeous person in the world,” Lawrence said. “I was like, ?Really??”
She went on to say that she was able to take a few things from Romijn’s portrayal, but that the fact that this film is a prequel helped open things up a bit.
“It was good because you can take physical traits, but it?s nice because it?s an origin story so it?s before [Mystique] became who she is, so you do have a little bit more freedom.”