Jennifer Lawrence Announces Directing Debut

After an acting career that has succeeded on practically every level, Jennifer Lawrence is now branching out with her directorial debut feature, “Project Delirium,” already in the works.

The story is basef on Raffi Khatchadorian’s 2012 New Yorker article “Operation Delirium” which can be found here and deals with a secret chemical weapons testing program run by the U.S. Army during the Cold War.

Military doctors tested the effects of nerve gas, LSD and other drugs on 5,000 U.S. soldiers in Maryland in the 1950s and 1960s to gauge the effects on their brain and behavior. A class-action lawsuit was then brought by the surviving soldiers against the federal government.

Speaking with EW, the actress says: “It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”

Lawrence and “Trainwreck” comedian Amy Schumer are also co-writing a screenplay together for a film in which the two will play sisters. Lawrence is now in cinemas with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and has “Joy” opening at Christmas.