Variety is reporting that Jennifer Lawrence is early talks with Sony to star as the lead in their sci-fi romance drama Passengers. The film is a from a spec-script penned by Prometheus and Doctor Strange screenwriter Jon Spahits with Oscar nominated director Morten Tyldum (Intimidation Game, Headhunters) attached.
Set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.
This would be a huge deal for both Sony and Lawrence, as it’s possible the film could end-up being the next Gravity if handled properly. Jennifer is known for a balance of high-profile and indie projects Passengers could become a nice mix of both since it could end-up becoming an awards caliber flick.
She had recently been talking with Sony about a role in their Ghostbusters reboot and it seems she still wants to be apart of a genre project. Lionsgate is looking forward to making more Hunger Games films but having Jennifer involved with those films remain to be seen.
There has also been chatter from producers Fox could consider a giving her X-Men character Mystique a spin-off in the future but that looks unlikely at this point. Jennifer begins production on Bryan Singer’s X-Men Apocalypse in Montreal this spring.
The Wrap adds that Chris Pratt is also in early talks to take the male role which would be second romantic lead in the film. Pratt is coming off huge box office success with Guardians of The Galaxy and has the highly anticipated Jurassic World coming this summer.
His next couple of projects include a remake of The Magnificent Seven starring alongside Denzel Washington, Universal’s adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking which could be made by the co-directors of John Wick.
There is even talk of Pratt possibly in the running for Lucasfilm’s reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise.
Sony would be smart to combine Lawrence and Pratt into one film as the two actors were named the biggest box office earners of 2014. Considering the studio needs a shot-in-the-arm this level of casting for Passengers could really help raise the profile of the film.