The Wrap is reporting that Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to produce and star in Mob Girl, a new mafia tale from director Paolo Sorrentino (The Young Pope) .
Based upon a true-crime book Mob Girl: A Woman’s Life in the Underworld by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Teresa Carpenter, the film will see Lawrence portraying Arlyne Brickman, a mob wife turned police informant. The official synopsis reads:
Growing up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City, Arlyne Brickman associated with mobsters. Drawn to the glamorous and flashy lifestyle, she was soon dating “wiseguys” and running errands for them; but after years as a mob girlfriend, Arlyne began to get in on the action herself — eventually becoming a police informant and major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.
“Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story,” said Brad Weston, CEO of studio Makeready. “We could not imagine a more perfect team of stellar filmmakers, with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role and Paolo at the helm, to bring Arlyne’s strength and unique perspective to life on screen.”
Lawrence was last seen in 20th Century Fox’s superhero flop X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and is currently shooting A24’s untitled soldier film from first time director Lila Neugebauer.