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Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence to film Lynsey Addario's story

Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence to film Lynsey Addario's story
Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." She'll portray photojournalist Lynsey Addario in an upcoming biopic. (Murray Close / AP)

Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar-winning actress who stars as Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" films, will portray real-life photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a film based on her memoir "It's What I Do." Steven Spielberg will direct.

Deadline reports that Addario met with several players eager to snap up rights to her story: Reese Witherspoon/Working Title, Natalie Portman/Darren Aronofsky, actress Margot Robbie, and The Weinstein Company. In the end, the Spielberg/Lawrence combination won out.

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Addario, who is not yet 40, has been embedded in Afghanistan, covered action in Iraq and the conflict in the Sudan, and documented the effects of using rape as a weapon of war in Africa. She was shooting the last days of Moammar Kaddafi's reign in Libya when she and two other journalists were taken hostage.

"It is a diary of an empathetic young woman who makes understanding the wider world around her a professional calling," Carol Williams writes in our review. Addario, who was born and raised in New Jersey, is now married and has a son.

Near the end of her book, Addario writes, "As a war correspondent and a mother, I've learned to live in two different realities.... I choose to live in peace and witness war — to experience the worst in people but to remember the beauty."

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