Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of the film adaptation of The Rosie Project. Photo: Reuters
Australian author Graeme Simsion has expressed disappointment Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence has pulled out of the film adaptation of his best-selling novel The Rosie Project.
Lawrence was to have played lead character, bartender Rosie Jarman, but dropped out of the project this week due to scheduling conflicts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Boyhood director Richard Linklater followed suit.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
The rights to the book and the screenplay – the book in fact began life as a screenplay – were acquired by Sony last year and the film developed as a vehicle for Lawrence.
Linklater, who earned six Oscar nominations for Boyhood, signed on as an opportunity to work with the actress.
Simsion, who as screenwriter has no say in casting, said he was disappointed “that the deal with Ms Lawrence didn’t happen” but he was getting on with writing his next book – not expected to feature the genetics professor Don Tillman.
Disappointing the deal with Ms Lawrence didn’t happen. I’m watching with interest but focused on the next book… https://t.co/mpIXpswewm
— Graeme Simsion (@GraemeSimsion)
October 13, 2015
The Rosie Project, which follows Tillman as he struggles to find the perfect girl, is set in Melbourne and could have been a major win for the Australian film industry.
In an interview with Fairfax, Film Victoria chief Jenni Tosi said there had been initial discussions with the film’s producer about locating The Rosie Project in Melbourne.
“We’d be delighted if Melbourne was selected, however the project is still in development and many factors come into play,” she said.
Lawrence, who is Hollywood’s most bankable female star, reportedly walked away from the project in need of a break.
The actress just finished filming X-Men: Apocalypse and went straight into sci-fi film Passengers with Chris Pratt, with the studio hoping to film Rosie in the following months.
The film could still go ahead with Lawrence and Linklater at the helm, with Australian film The Dressmaker waiting more than a year for Kate Winslet to play the female lead.
Simsion previously told Fairfax The Rosie Project had been developed as a film from the beginning, with the novel starting as a film script while Simsion was studying screenwriting at RMIT.