Apple and Netflix are currently in the middle of an eye-watering bid for what definitely looks, smells and sounds like the recipe for an Oscar winning film. The film in question? A biopic on the life of legendary Hollywood superagent, Sue Mengers, played by Jennifer Lawrence, of course.
Together with Justine Polsky, Lawrence plans to produce the film via their production company Excellent Cadaver. After a short hiatus from acting, JLaw is really amping up her return, already working on Adam McKay's Don't Look Up with Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet and Meryl Streep. Joining these forces is Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino as director, who won an Oscar for his 2013 drama The Great Beauty. With all this in mind, it's no wonder that Apple's bid for the film has reportedly just surpassed $80 million.
What can we expect from the film?
The last time anyone took on the role of Mengers was in 2013 when Better Midler performed I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers on Broadway. The role was written by John Logan, one of the three writers behind the script for Lawrence's film. From everything we know about the larger-than-life Mengers, this will definitely be an event.
Heralding from the Bronx, Mengers was a character straight out of a Joan Didion novel. At the height of her career in the 1970s and 80s, the agent sported clients like Cher, Michael Caine, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Barbra Streisand who she maintained a close friendship with. She was blonde, boisterous and bawdy. Hardly ever without dark sunglasses or a joint in hand and always ready to hurl some acerbic insult in her sandpaper voice. The kaftan-clad agent leaves a legacy of stories with cameos from Princess Margaret, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, lots of drugs, drink and lavish parties.
Honestly Jennifer, this role was made for you.
If everyone plays their cards right, we could be in for a huge treat and Jennifer Lawrence an even bigger payday.