After picking up the award for best hero for her performance as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 at the MTV Movie Awards last night (10 April), Jennifer Lawrence looks to be gearing up to play another type of hero, a spy in fact, in an upcoming thriller drama all about a real-life female version of 007. The biopic will centre around World War II secret agent, Betty Pack, who was often described as a 'blonde Bond' and who often seduced her targets in order to complete her missions.
The basis for the big screen adaptation comes in the form of a non-fiction novel, written by Howard Blum, which details the adventures of Pack, born Amy Elizabeth Thorpe in 1910. The book, entitled The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure & Betrayal is due for release on 12 April 2016. In the novel, Blum tells readers not only of Pack's James Bond-like antics but also recollects how she "changed the entire course of the war" through such acts.
Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar have allegedly acquired the rights to adapt the upcoming historical novel into a film despite it not even having been published yet. While she's not confirmed to be playing Pack yet, Lawrence is reportedly the studio's frontrunner to play the lead, according to The New York Post's Page Six.
After her career within the British Security Coordination of the MI6, she was reported to have later said about her sexual endeavours: "Ashamed? Not in the least, my superiors told me that the results of my work saved thousands of British and American lives... It involved me in situations from which 'respectable' women draw back – but mine was total commitment. Wars are not won by respectable methods." Originally from Minnesota in the US, Pack died from throat cancer in 1963 while residing in France.
If she does accept the role, Pack won't be the only real-life figure that Lawrence will be playing in the near future either. Earlier in January, news emerged that the 25-year-old will be portraying Fidel Castro's past lover Marita Lorenz in an upcoming romance spy drama-turned-biopic from Eric Warren Singer, who previously worked with her on American Hustle. Before then, however, she will be seen in something a lot more modern, opposite James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaac for eagerly-anticipated follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse.
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