Edgar Ramirez to Join Jennifer Lawrence & Robert De Niro in JOY

According to Variety, Edgar Ramirez is in "final negotiations" to join Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro in the upcoming film JOY. Directed by David O. Russell, the biopic follows the inventor of the Miracle Mop, Joy Mangano.

Per THR: "Mangano (being portrayed by Lawrence) is a fixture on the Home Shopping Network with her many inventions, though the mop was her ticket to fame and fortune. She began her inventing as a teen and kept on dreaming and tinkering while still a single mom raising three kids. De Niro would play Mangano's father."

Ramirez will take on the role of "Mangano's then husband, Tony," Variety has confirmed.

Originally drafted by BRIDESMAIDS' Annie Mumolo, Russell is currently rewriting the script.

Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest American actors of all time, was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop. He first gained fame for his role in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Mean Streets (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. In 1974 De Niro received an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Cape Fear (1991). He won the best actor award in 1980 for Raging Bull (1980). De Niro heads his own production company, Tribeca Film Center, and made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale (1993).

Lawrence rose to fame in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007-2009). She subsequently appeared in the independent films The Burning Plain (2008) and Winter's Bone (2010), for which she received her firstAcademy Award for Best Actress nomination; at the time, she was the second youngest person to receive a nomination in the category.

At age 22, Lawrence's performance in the David O. Russell-directed romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook(2012) earned her several awards, including theGolden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) and the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner at the Oscars. For her supporting role in Russell's comedy-drama American Hustle (2013), she was awarded the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award and received a third Academy Award nomination, all for Best Supporting Actress.

Lawrence is also known for playing Raven Darkhölme / Mystique in the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class, a role she will reprise in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Beginning in 2012, she gained international fame for playing the leading heroine, Katniss Everdeen, in the The Hunger Games film series. Her performance in the films garnered her notable critical praise and marked her as the highest-grossing action Heroine of all time.

Pictured: Edgar Ramirez in the mini-series CARLOS



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