The Oscar winner will portray Lynsey Addario, who has covered conflicts across the globe

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated March 03, 2015 01:40 PM
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In a role that will have her face-to-face with the human toll of war, Jennifer Lawrence has been tapped to play acclaimed war photographer Lynsey Addario in a new film to be directed by Steven Spielberg.

Warner Bros. is closing the deal, based on Addario’s memoir, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love And War, Deadline first reported.

Addario, 41, made headlines in January when The New York Times Magazine ran an excerpt of her book, tantalizingly titling the article, “What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything.”

Known for producing searing images of people in crisis, the award-winning Addario spent time in Afghanistan in 2000 capturing snapshots of oppression under the Taliban regime. She returned to the country after U.S. troops entered following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and she has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, Congo and Libya – where the Qaddafi regime briefly kidnapped her and three colleagues in 2011.

Lawrence, 24, is currently filming Joy, which has her portraying another real-life person: Miracle Mop inventor and HSN regular Joy Mangano.

The 2013 Oscar winner has been spotted in and around Boston this winter during filming, including shopping in the snowy city on the same day as this year’s Oscars.