In the titular lead, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy and the story is inspired by the life and times of inventor entrepreneur Joy Mangano, creator of Ingenious Designs with over $1 billion in sales, as well as inspired by elements from the lives of other historic business pioneers.
David O Russell directs Lawrence alongside Bradley Cooper, partnering them for the umpteenth time onscreen after they’ve appeared together American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and Serena to name but three, and there’s also Robert De Niro, Elisabeth Röhm, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Édgar Ramírez, Donna Mills and Diane Ladd.
Personally, I’m not sold on Joy, but it’s early days. However, all three of the lead cast members just seem to be in everything these days, particularly with so many films starring BOTH Lawrence and Cooper. I don’t think he can act and I’ve had enough of him. Also, De Niro just seems to by sleepwalking through his career lately, so he’s no longer a draw.
Joy is released in the UK on January 1st 2016, exactly a week after the US get it on Christmas Day.
Check out the trailer below and click on the new poster for the full-size version: