David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ set for 2015, Jennifer Lawrence to star

David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence are looking to reteam on "Joy."
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David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence are looking to bring “Joy” to the world for Christmas next year.

Fox has set a Dec. 25, 2015, release date for the film, a rags-to-riches tale based on the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. A holiday release indicates the studio sees the film as an awards-season contender.

Lawrence, a frequent Russell collaborator, is to play Mangano, the Long Island single-mom-turned-entrepreneur and shopping-network star who built an empire on a plastic mop that could be wrung out without getting one’s hands dirty.

Russell will direct from a script by Annie Mumolo, who co-wrote “Bridesmaids.”


Lawrence recounted how Russell pitched her on the project during an appearance on “Live With Kelly and Michael” last month.

“He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, ‘I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the [Miracle] Mop. You want to do it?’ And I was like, yeah,” Lawrence said.

She added, “I could just imagine David looking at somebody mopping and being like, ‘Yeah, that’s my next screenplay.’”

Russell previously directed Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which she won an Oscar, and “American Hustle.”

Lawrence is currently shooting “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Parts 1 and 2.”