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‘Dark Universe’ Producer Wants to Add Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Other A-Listers

The Mummy opens this Friday, and it’s supposed to signal the beginning of Universal’s Dark Universe franchise based around classic movie monsters. Producer and Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has been one of the guiding forces of this franchise alongside Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious), and he already has an outline of the films they want to tackle going forward.

Speaking to Fandom, Kurtzman said:

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,” he says.

If Dracula is on the list, that’s probably the final nail in the coffin for Dracula Untold ever being considered part of this universe. Sorry, Luke Evans.

However, there are some other actors Kurtzman would like to bring into the fold. He tells Fandom, “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…”

It’s worth noting that the next film in the Dark Universe, Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, still doesn’t have its title character, and I could easily see the studio eager to cast Lawrence, Theron, or Jolie in the role. Javier Bardem is already signed on to play Frankenstein.

While I understand Kurtzman’s eagerness to get the franchise rolling, one of the things I’ve admired is that they’re not getting ahead of themselves. While roles have been cast such as Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man, they’re not setting down release dates and then rushing to meet them. Bride of Frankenstein is the only movie on the schedule, and it’s not due out until 2019. That gives them plenty of time to figure out how to tackle all of these other pictures.

That being said, we’ll have to wait and see how The Mummy performs over the weekend to see if audiences are really interested in this new world of gods and monsters.

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Jennifer Lawrence May Be the Next “James Bond”

Is Jennifer Lawrence going from channeling Katniss …. to James Bond?

The Silver Linings Playbook and Joy actress, 25, is rumored to be a frontrunner to play the so-called “Blonde Bond” — a real-life female version of 007 named Betty Pack, Page Six reports.

The movie will be based on the nonfiction book The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum about the World War II secret agent who “changed the entire course of the war,” set to be published this Tuesday.

Sony’s Columbia TriStar Pictures has bought the film rights for six figures and already has their eye on JLaw for their leading lady. Mark Gordon, of Steve Jobs fame, will be producing the movie.

We’d love to see Jennifer as a heat-packing female Bond. Bring it!

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Studio Eyeing Jennifer Lawrence For ‘Blonde Bond’ WWII Thriller Movies

Time magazine called WWII secret agent Betty Pack “A Blonde Bond” in her obituary — and now actress Jennifer Lawrence is the early favorite of Sony Studios to play the “spy who changed the entire course of the war” in a film based on New York Times Bestselling author Howard Blum’s nonfiction account of Pack’s life, Page Six reports.

The Last Goodnight is described as a riveting biography of Betty Pack, who was hailed by OSS chief General “Wild Bill” Donovan as “the greatest unsung heroine of the war.” The suspense adventure will be available on April 12, 2016, by HarperCollins with a first printing of 100,000. Sony’s Columbia TriStar Pictures bought the film rights for a hefty six-figure sum and Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Steve Jobs and the TV series Ray Donovan) will be producing. The book’s title comes from a tip the CIA passes on to its new agents: “The last person to whom you say good night is the most dangerous.”

Time wrote that Betty used the bedroom as Bond “uses a Beretta.” Jennifer’s A-list status certainly comes with cool-chick credentials, which makes her a charming choice to play the femme fatale. Lawrence has earned several accolades for her works, most especially from her collaborations with director David O. Russell. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook. She also earned a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the dark comedy American Hustle. Her performance as Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano garnered a Golden Globe Award for the 2015 biopic Joy.

America’s Sweetheart is not without controversy. In 2014, Lawrence was one of the victims of the iCloud celebrity-photo leaks. Many personal nude photos of Lawrence were posted online, and she called the leak a “sex crime” and a “sexual violation.”

The Kentucky-born actress is also an outspoken feminist — having expressed her anger at Hollywood’s gender pay gap, and most recently calling for the industry to embrace the “new normal” body type. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lawrence spoke out against what she sees as unfair expectations on female body types.

“I would like us to make a new normal-body type,” she told Harper’s. “Everybody says, ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body.’ I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person.”

The starlet, who uses her A-list status to speak out on issues of discrimination, believes the emphasis on being thin has fostered an unhealthy outlook on what should be normal.

“I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy,’” Lawrence said. “Which is crazy. The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante. At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one,” she added.

Lawrence channels her positivity and universal appeal through her Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which supports charities such as the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Special Olympics, and Do Something. The non-profit organization motivates “young people, artists and the organizations that serve them,” to take action around social changes, according to the website.

Earlier this year, JLaw was asked by Glamour magazine if she’s still motivated by any part of her Kentucky personality.

“My cousin and I were talking last night about what we wanted to do with our dead bodies. And I’m like, ‘I want my ashes scattered on Lake Cumberland.’ And when I said it out loud, I was like, ‘Wow. You really are still rooted in your redneck [ways].’ [Laughs.] But basically it’s a certain grit. Everything’s very family oriented. Nobody knows or cares about designers. I care! But I didn’t used to,” she explained

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming untitled thriller with Javier Bardem as a possible co-star, according to Variety. The film centers on a tranquil couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive and disrupt their home. It is set for release in 2017.

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Here’s Why Emma Watson Loves Jennifer Lawrence’s Essay on Hollywood

Emma Watson took to Twitter to voice her support for Jennifer Lawrence after Lenny Letter, a new feminist newsletter produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, released a piece on Tuesday in which Lawrence addressed Hollywood sexism.

“Jennifer Lawrence I love you so,” Watson wrote.

She also tweeted a quote from Lawrence’s essay about the gender pay gap: “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion.”

Watson also Retweeted others who were backing Lawrence on Twitter. “Great article! Totally relatable even though she does make millions. We have to fight at all levels or we’ll never be equal,” Watson retweeted from user Clo Jocelyne.

It’s no surprise, as Watson has been consistently supporting women’s rights in the wake of her Harry Potter fame. The star works on HeForShe, a campaign she launched for the UN last year, and recently spoke about it has further opened her eyes to the issues women face.

“I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women,” she told The Guardian early this year. “Of the producers I’ve worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman.”

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Cooper Reacts to Jennifer Lawrence’s Op-Ed About Hollywood’s Gender Wage Gap

While promoting his upcoming movie Burnt Tuesday morning, close friend Bradley Cooper learned about the op-ed published in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. While he had yet to read the article titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars” in its entirety, a brief synopsis of the piece immediately intrigued him.

“One thing I could say is that’s interesting because if you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna did,” he shared with E! News. “So that’s a great thing.”

In her op-ed, Lawrence admitted that she “failed as a negotiator” because she “gave up early.” She also explained that her desire to be liked ultimately inhibited her ability to ask for money in fear that people wouldn’t find her as endearing.

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” the 25-year-old actress wrote while referencing her American Hustle deal. “I got mad at myself.”

As it turns out, Lawrence may not be alone. When Catt Sadler asked about the article Tuesday morning, Sienna Miller shared her own personal story of experiencing a wage gap.

“I walked away from a play that I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us,” she explained before Burnt hits theatres Oct 30. “[I did] what we have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams.”

As for Lawrence, she hopes her honest words will bring about a discussion in and around Hollywood.

“I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off,” she wrote. “Based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue.”

She continued, “Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”