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Jennifer Lawrence In 'The Silver Linings Playbook'? Actress In Talks For Mark Wahlberg Drama

First Posted: 07/21/11 12:24 PM ET Updated: 09/20/11 06:12 AM ET

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Dating Jennifer Lawrence would be way more than a little silver lining for most, but hey, this is Hollywood.

Deadline is reporting that Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell have chosen the "Winter's Bone" Oscar-nominee and future "it girl" to star in the pair's "The Fighter" followup, "The Silver Linings Playbook."

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, it's the story of a clinically depressed man who is released from a mental hospital after a number of years, who, according to the writer's website, "formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife Nikki."

Lawrence would play Tiffany, the very attractive widowed wife of his best friend Ronnie. She begins to secretly pursue and mentor him as the two work to put their lives back together. It's a role that has been hotly contested, with stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough and Olivia Wilde reportedly gunning for the job.

The 20-year old is already a commercial and critical star, what with her Best Actress nomination and role in "X-Men: First Class" this summer, and nailing her down now for the job looks to be a prescient move: it would be the first movie she films after the opening chapter of the blockbuster novel series adaptation, "The Hunger Games," which is already garnering wild buzz and magazine covers. She'll next appear in "House at the End of the Street."

As for Wahlberg, he's as busy as ever; he just finished wrapping up work on the Seth MacFarlane comedy, "Ted," with Mila Kunis, and is readying to star in a Thanksgiving-themed laugher with Will Ferrell. He's got a buddy action comedy with Jonah Hill, "Good Time Gang," in pre-production, as well as "Broken City," a noir-type film about a shady election in which he'd play a private eye. There's also the matter of two rumored films, "Billy Jack" and "When Corruption Was King," as well as that sequel to "The Fighter."

Oh, and a movie with Justin Bieber, too.

For more on Lawrence's potential role, click over to Deadline.

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Filed by Jordan Zakarin  |