Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence Sets Up Sci-Fi Epic The Shift At Netflix, Andy Serkis Directing

By Erika Hanson | Published

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After a Hollywood hiatus and a departure from the genre, Jennifer Lawrence is ready to return to her sci-fi roots. Our trusted and proven sources tell us the Hunger Games star has lined up a role in The Shift. This sci-fi epic will debut on Netflix, and that’s not all – we’ve also learned that Andy Serkis will direct the film.

We’ve exclusively learned that Jennifer Lawrence will play a physicist in The Shift, a sci-fi film directed by Andy Serkis coming to Netflix.

The Shift will see Jennifer Lawrence play Dr. Katherine Turner, a renowned physicist. Turner discovers a groundbreaking phenomenon that is shifting the Earth. It holds the key to unlocking humanity’s greatest secrets, leading to a race against time to control its power.

Andy Serkis, known best for his motion capture acting in franchises like The Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes, has also dabbled in directing, and helming The Shift with Jennifer Lawrence could make him a well-sought-after director in the industry. Most notably, Serkis previously directed Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021).

Part of the reason why Andy Serkis landed his role directing Let There Be Carnage was because of his experience working with CGI. The film ended up receiving negative to mixed reviews, but Serkis’ work was, however, lauded. 

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Andy Serkis in Andor

With Jennifer Lawrence’s The Shift set to be a sci-fi of seismic proportion, we can’t help but assume part of why Netflix tapped Serkis for the upcoming movie is also because of his experience with CGI.

What really catapulted Jennifer Lawrence’s career was her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in the sci-fi franchise, The Hunger Games.

As for Jennifer Lawrence, fans of the 32-year-old actress will surely welcome her back to the sci-fi genre. Her first romp in the category came in 2011 when Lawrence joined the X-Men: First Class cast as Mystique. She reprised the role three more times in X-Men: Days of Future PastX:Men: Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix

What really catapulted the young star’s career, however, was her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in the popular sci-fi novels turned movies helped land the star in a number of prestigious films. For a while, she was one of Hollywood’s most sought actors.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers

Then in 2016, Jennifer Lawrence took another sci-fi role alongside Chris Pratt in Passengers. The film was an underwhelming flop, and Lawrence has since lamented her decision to take on the part. Soon after, she even took a small break from acting, and recently celebrated returning to the big screen.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Hollywood Return

Like her upcoming collaboration with Netflix in The Shift, Jennifer Lawrence’s triumphant Hollywood return saw her starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Don’t Look Up. Her most recent release was a far cry from most of her projects. No Hard Feelings, a sex comedy, hit theaters on June 23, 2023.

While we wait for more details about Jennifer Lawrence and Andy Serkis’ The Shift, Lawrence has five other upcoming acting gigs to look forward to, according to Lawrence’s IMDb. As for Serkis, the 59-year-old has three confirmed acting roles in the works, one of which (Animal Farm) he will act in and direct.