David O. Russell is moving forward with Joy, his upcoming film with Jennifer Lawrence once again in the lead.
The film, which will tell the true story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, looks to see the cast of Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook team up again, with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in the director’s sights.
“I think I’d very much like (Robert) De Niro to be in it, I think he’s gonna be in it. And of course I always create a role for Bradley Cooper,” Russell told Omaha. “I try to have things people have never done. Then they can get excited, and it’s exciting for audiences. That’s what makes it daring in some way.”
THR has also confirmed that De Niro is indeed in talks, reporting today that the actor was being eyed to play Joy Mangano’s father.
Joy will tell the story of Mangano’s transition from a single mother in Long Island to a star on the Home Shopping Network with her inventions, of which she has many. It was the self-wringing Miracle Mop that proved to be the key to her success, which she began with her own savings and investments from family and friends.
At first Mangano’s mop sold modestly on QVC, but once the cable network allowed Mangano to go on-air to sell it herself, she sold 18,000 mops in 20 minutes. Mangano is now quite the fixture on the Home Shopping Network, where it’s estimated she is responsible for annual sales of more than $150 million.
The screenplay originally came from Annie Mumolo, who earned herself an Academy Award nomination for co-writing Bridesmaids. Russell is currently rewriting the script.