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Jennifer Lawrence to make directing debut with Project Delirium

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Lawrence is to direct her first film, titled Project Delirium.

Based on a 2012 New Yorker story about US military experiments in mind-altering chemical weapons, the film is expected to focus on the research carried out by Colonel James S Ketchum, who tested psychoactive chemicals on around 2,500 soldiers in the belief that such agents could be used to incapacitate enemies.

However, many of the volunteers have subsequently claimed the tests led to a range of mental and physical health problems.

And in 2013, a judge in California ruled that those participants were entitled to more information about the chemicals they were exposed to, even though they were not entitled to additional government-funded medical care.

Lawrence announced her intention to direct the film in an interview with US publication Entertainment Weekly, in which she explained: “It’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong.”

She added that she has wanted to direct “as long as I’ve wanted to act”, adding: “I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.”

“I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now, I actually feel ready.”

Lawrence won an Oscar in 2013 for starring in Silver Linings Playbook and has been nominated two further times, for American Hustle and Winter’s Bone.

She is widely tipped to land another nomination for her performance in forthcoming movie Joy, which reunites her with Silver Linings director David O Russell.

She can currently be seen in the final instalment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part Two.

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