Upcoming Jennifer Lawrence Movies To Keep On Your Radar

If you've been looking for a Jennifer Lawrence fix, you're in luck. The star spent the last two years on hiatus, which seems well earned considering the breakneck speed with which she tackled some of the biggest Hollywood projects over the last decade. 

In the early 2010s, Lawrence averaged around three films per year. After her rise to superstardom with the "Hunger Games" franchise and winning an Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook," Lawrence finally slowed down to one film a year with 2017's polarizing "Mother!," 2018's "Red Sparrow," and her return to the role of Mystique for "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" in 2019.  

Fans can expect to see her return to screens as soon as December 2021. However, Lawrence has several major projects lined up beyond that, seeming to signal a new phase of her career. 

Don't Look Up

The first chance fans will get to see her again is in "Don't Look Up." It's coming to select theaters on December 10 and landing on Netflix on Christmas Eve. Lawrence will join fellow Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time, along with director Adam McKay. McKay is known for his work with Will Farrell on projects like "Anchorman" and "The Other Guys." He has also written and directed projects like "The Big Short" and "Vice," based on real events and people, but with an edge of humor. 

"Don't Look Up" seems to be a marriage of McKay's interests in both comedy and social commentary. It's a satirical political film that looks as though it hopes to follow in the footsteps "Dr. Strangelove," according to Meryl Streep, who also stars. Lawrence and DiCaprio will get to lean more into their comedy skills, playing scientists trying to warn the world of an impending global catastrophe, even though no one seems to care. We can't imagine what that feels like.

Red, White, and Water

Lawrence is also the producer and star of the film "Red, White, and Water," which began filming before the pandemic in 2019. She returned to finish work on the project in the summer of 2021. It's being made under Lawrence's production company, Excellent Cadaver, and follows the story of a veteran returning home after suffering a brain injury in Afghanistan. The film also stars "Atlanta" actor Brian Tyree Henry, which means it will feature two stars with connections to Marvel, as Henry also plays Phastos in Marvel's "Eternals." 

There is no exact date yet for its release, but sometime in 2022 is a fair guess after its long delays.

Bad Blood

Lawrence and McKay will be teaming up once more on the film "Bad Blood," telling the story of Elizabeth Holmes and the con job that was the entire Theranos business model. The story gained wide attention with the HBO documentary "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley," which introduced the masses to the strange cult of personality that developed around Holmes. She was seen as the next Steve Jobs by some of the most powerful people in the world, which made her fall from grace exactly the kind of intoxicating story that makes a great biopic. We're crossing our fingers for this one. 

Mob Girl

Lawrence is also starring in the film "Mob Girl," adapted from a book of the same name. In it, Lawrence will play mob moll Arlyne Brickman who became a police informant against the Columbo crime family. It sounds like a gritty role, as Brickman lived within the mob scene for 40 years, and experienced the danger and violence of the criminal underworld firsthand. 

Untitled Sue Mengers Biopic

Lawrence seems to enjoy portraying real people, as she has also signed on to star in a film about the life of Sue Mengers, a Hollywood "super agent." A bidding war even ensued over the film. Mengers made a name for herself working with stars the likes of Barbara Streisand, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, and Burt Reynolds.

No Hard Feelings

Somewhere amongst all these projects, Lawrence will also star in the comedy "No Hard Feelings" from Sony Pictures. There is not a lot of information about the project just yet, but it is said to be an "R-Rated" comedy. Gene Stupnitsky, who wrote "Good Boys" and "Bad Teacher," will helm the film, giving us somewhat of an idea of what the tone could be for the comedy.

The Future for Jennifer Lawrence

With this slate of films on the horizon, Jennifer Lawrence seems to be ready to start off the early 2020's much like she did a decade ago, at a fast pace and ready to work. This time, however, Lawrence doesn't have any large franchises like "The Hunger Games" or "X-Men" in mind, but time will tell to see if that changes. It doesn't seem impossible to think that Lawrence could make a trip over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Mystique, but we'll have to wait and see how that all shakes out.