Jennifer Lawrence Is Finally Returning to Acting — On Netflix

In a comedy about the apocalypse.

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Jennifer Lawrence is finally returning to the big screen—on Netflix (opens in new tab), that is. On Wednesday, February 19, news broke that Lawrence (opens in new tab) is set to star in Adam McKay's Don't Look Up. The comedy is about two scientists who, after discovering that a meteor will strike the Earth, embark on a media tour to warn the world but find it hard to be taken seriously.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), McKay—who you might know from critically-acclaimed projects like Netflix's Dead to Me, HBO's Succession, and the 2018 film, Vice—said he's "thrilled" to be working with Lawrence. 

"She's what folks in the 17th century used to call 'a dynamite act.' And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way," he added.

The Oscar-winning star had taken a (deserving) two-year hiatus from acting—and threw a gorgeous wedding (opens in new tab) in the meantime—but has slowly been making her way back to major Hollywood projects.

She recently wrapped up an untitled A24 film, directed by Lila Neugebauer, about a US soldier who suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan and finds herself struggling to adjust to life back home.

No word yet on who else will join (opens in new tab) the Hunger Games star in the film, but with Lawrence aboard and McKay at the helm, expect a big name. The film reportedly will begin shooting in April and will be released later this year.

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