After striking gold with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook – and The Fighter, too – it’s not unusual to consider a David O. Russell film as a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. In reuniting his dream team for this year’s rags-to-riches drama Joy, the director has fired himself and his cast into contention once more, and today brings forth the first clip for the film highlighting Jennifer Lawrence’s ambitious mother Joy Mangano.
Ever the one to indulge in some blue-sky thinking, it is Lawrence’s mother-of-three who anchors O. Russell’s new drama. Loosely based on the titular American inventor, who is perhaps best known for creating such nifty gadgets as the miracle mop and huggable hangers, O. Russell’s drama charts the rise and fall of Lawrence’s character, who struggles to juggle her newfound success and family life.
Written and directed by O. Russell, today’s new look at Joy involves a interaction between Lawrence’s lead and Bradley Cooper’s character, with the former recalling an inspiring quote that Cooper’s business hat once said to our title entrepreneur. Going by the disillusioned expression on his face, though, we imagine that this is lifted from deep within the drama, perhaps after the point of Joy’s mental breakdown that was teased during last month’s trailer.
Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm and Bradley Cooper will all come together for a tale of family, loyalty and ultimately love when Joy rings in the festive season by releasing on Christmas Day.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.