The last time Jennifer Lawrence got domestic in a David O. Russell movie, she ended up detonating a science oven, a.k.a. a microwave (warning: explicit language), in “American Hustle.” Presumably she’ll have better luck around the house in “Joy,” Russell’s upcoming drama inspired by the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano.
A newly released teaser trailer for the Christmas Day release gives a two-minute glimpse of the sprawling tale, which follows Lawrence’s character from age 10 to 40 during her life as a businesswoman and matriarch.
Set to the choral sounds of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and featuring limited dialogue, the video doesn’t offer much in the way of plot but does give a sense of the wild ups and downs of its protagonist’s life. In various shots, she’s seen celebrating her marriage, mourning, designing her signature creation, starring on a home shopping show, getting arrested and even firing a shotgun.
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The trailer culminates in Lawrence’s only on-screen line: “My name’s Joy, by the way.”
Also seen throughout the video are veteran Russell players Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, as well as newcomers Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Isabella Rossellini.
According to Russell, though, Lawrence is the main event. “It’s my first film that really has the woman as the star,” the director told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “What’s it like to become a boss and the godmother of a family and dynasty, both emotionally and commercially?”
Russell and Lawrence have, of course, enjoyed a productive collaboration in recent years, with the latter winning a lead actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” and a supporting actress nomination for “American Hustle.” We’ll have to wait and see whether “Joy” can clean up too.
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