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Jennifer Lawrence to star in Steven Spielberg war biopic

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Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Lawrence is to play war photographer Lynsey Addario in a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Based on on Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the film will chronicle the time spent by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in Afghanistan during the post-9/11 invasion, where she photographed Afghans who suffered during the Taliban regime.

The book also documents her own torment at the hands of loyalist Libyan forces in 2011, when she became one of four New York Times journalists captured and subjected to physical abuse over six days during the civil war.

The book even finds Addario discussing her private life, during which she reveals how the scenes she witnessed at work increased her desire for a family of her own.

She subsequently met her husband and learned to combine her life as a mother with her career as a war correspondent.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros has secured the rights to the book and Spielberg is attached to direct. American Sniper‘s Andrew Lazar will produce.

As yet, there is no production schedule and it could yet be the case that Spielberg may yet pass. He regularly becomes attached to projects, only to choose other movies (such was the case with American Sniper, which went to Clint Eastwood).

The filmmaker is currently completing a new Cold War drama with Tom Hanks that is due for release this Christmas and has his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG in development.

Addario’s story was one of Hollywood’s most sought after projects, with several big studios and star names hoping to land it.

Other victims of conflict highlighted by Addario’s work include those experiencing genocide in Darfur and women who had been raped in DRC.

The photo-journalist has also photographed victims of conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and was also kidnapped in Libya during her career.

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