Jennifer Lawrences in Nov. 2014. Photo by By Kurt Kulac (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons,
Jennifer Lawrences in Nov. 2014. Photo by By Kurt Kulac (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons,

Production begins in Massachusetts this week on “Joy,” starring Jennifer Lawrence in the story of a woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

The cast of the film, written and directed by David O. Russell, also includes Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd and Virginia Madsen.

The story is inspired by the life of inventor-entrepreneur Joy Mangano, creator of Ingenious Designs, with “elements from the lives of other historic business pioneers,” according to the studio.

“We are honored to be in Massachusetts with this amazing group of filmmakers and cast. This is Mr. Russell’s third picture here, after ‘The Fighter’ and ‘American Hustle’; he loves the area, the people, the locations, the cast, the crew and the Boston Teamsters,” said Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000.

The film has a Christmas Day release date.

— City News Service

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