Star of the “Hunger Games” series, Jennifer Lawrence, is gearing up to step into the shoes of the revered Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a forthcoming film. As per our reliable insiders, the lead actress from “Red Sparrow” will delve into the formative years of the iconic Ginsburg, shedding light on her relentless fight for gender equity in both her career and society at large. Though Lawrence isn’t the debutante in portraying Ginsburg on screen, she’s undeniably the most celebrated name to take on the role.
While audiences globally recognize Lawrence for her roles in blockbuster sci-fi sagas like “Hunger Games” and “X-Men,” embodying Ruth Bader Ginsburg signifies a distinct turn in her career trajectory. It’s not her maiden attempt at portraying real-life personalities, having previously brought to life the business magnate Joy Mangano in the 2015 release, “Joy,” directed by David O. Russell. Yet, representing Ginsburg, an unparalleled American icon, means the film will undoubtedly undergo intense examination.
Many might associate Lawrence’s stellar performances with characters like Katniss Everdeen or Mystique, but it’s vital to note her Oscar accolade for Best Actress in the 2012 film “Silver Linings Playbook.” Despite fluctuations in the reception of her movies over the years (with the 2016 sci-fi venture “Passengers” alongside Chris Pratt being a dip), there’s a strong case for Lawrence’s adeptness in portraying the indomitable Ginsburg.
However, the physical resemblance between Lawrence and Ginsburg is arguably negligible. Yet, an actor’s likeness to a real-life character shouldn’t be a casting determinant, especially with the prowess of modern makeup. Still, Lawrence’s choice to depict Ginsburg raises eyebrows. A point of contention is the faith; Ginsburg was among the few Jewish individuals serving the U.S. Supreme Court, and Lawrence, not being Jewish, might reignite debates in Hollywood concerning representation.
Earlier, Ginsburg’s cinematic representation was undertaken by Felicity Jones, renowned for her role in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” in the 2018 film “On the Basis of Sex.” Garnering a positive critique, it boasts a 72 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Created before Ginsburg’s demise in 2020, the movie even included a special appearance by the Justice herself. With both films exploring Ginsburg’s earlier years, it piques interest to discern potential overlaps.
As of now, Lawrence’s imminent role sees her in the comedy “No Hard Feelings,” portraying an Uber driver faced with unusual job prospects. Subsequent to this, her stint as Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sure to be a cakewalk for the talented actress.