Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play a lady mobster in ‘Mob Girl’

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In today’s edition of Jennifer Lawrence Gets Sent All The Scripts, Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play a lady mobster. The plotline for her new project sounds a lot like Married to the Mob, but drama instead of comedy. And I LOVE Married to the Mob. That is such a great movie, and now I’m sad because director Jonathan Demme is no longer with us. Anyway, yes, J-Law’s new movie is a combination of Married to the Mob and Goodfellas:

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in Makeready’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Teresa Carpenter true-crime story “Mob Girl.” Lawrence will also produce the film, which is based on the life of the mob wife turned police informant Arlyne Brickman, alongside Justine Polsky via their production company, Excellent Cadaver. Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino has been tapped to direct the adaptation with Angelina Burnett adapting the script. Sorrentino will also produce the project alongside Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli.

The film follows Brickman who grows up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City where she’s drawn to the glamorous and flashy lifestyle of New York mobsters. Soon after, she begins dating “wiseguys” and running errands for them, before getting in on the action herself — eventually becoming a police informant and a major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.

“Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story,” says Makeready Founder and CEO, Brad Weston. “We could not imagine a more perfect team of stellar filmmakers, with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role and Paolo at the helm, to bring Arlyne’s strength and unique perspective to life on screen.”

[From Variety]

One of the reasons why Goodfellas was so great was because they didn’t JUST show Henry Hill’s perspective, they also showed a lot from Karen Hill’s perspective (played by Lorraine Bracco), and Bracco got an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress for that role. But I see the point of this – it IS unusual to tell a mob story from a woman’s perspective. It could end up being a great thing. But…with Jennifer Lawrence as the mob girl? I’m not so sure. Don’t get me wrong, Jennifer is actually better when she plays lower-class characters, working class characters, but I’m not so sure she could pull off “Lower East Side lady mobster” with her Kentucky accent. I mean, this part would seem to call for a “young Marisa Tomei” type, not a blue-eyed blonde from Appalachia.

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  1. DS9 says:

    I’m still mad about Red Sparrow…

  2. KittenHeels says:

    Oh wow, I briefly forgot about her new face before looking at the photo.

  3. a says:

    I read that the part she’s playing goes up to age 45. I’m not sure if that’s been aged down since she’s been cast or not.

    • josephine says:

      anytime a film depicts someone aging there make-up and prosthetics to be done on one end or the other of the age range.

      hoping it turns out well (and love the reference to married to the mob, such a fun movie)

  4. Jb says:

    Sigh…there are other actresses than Jennifer in Hollywood. Too bad we never get to see em :-/

    • josephine says:

      she is producing, so makes sense that she’s casting herself. just happy to see to women producing, and crossing my fingers that it is good. and i don’t feel like she has been ever-present in the box office although i didn’t see the last couple she was in, so to me it seems like it’s been awhile.

    • NJ says:

      Lol what, she’s only had one film a year 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2015 & 2016 she had two movies a year.

  5. Fluffy Princess says:

    Meh.

  6. Kate says:

    I’m looking forward to that other mob movie with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish – I think that seems really fresh. Not sure when it’s coming out I saw a trailer for it at the theater like a month ago.

  7. Cakes says:

    I have not missed her.

  8. manta says:

    “with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role ”
    Oh boy, that expression only tells me we’re in for the absolute Oscar bait.
    It brings back memories of Stephen Colbert (circa Colbert Report) being totally OTT, then pausing, staring at the camera and uttering “gimme my Emmy now”.
    I wish some A listers understand a performance can be mesmerizing without being a tour de force.

  9. Shana says:

    How is she going to play a believable character with that jacked up face and veeners