Jennifer Lawrence Set To Play Super Hollywood Talent Agent Sue Mengers in Biopic.
Jennifer Lawrence has joined a new film project that will tell the story of Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers. The biopic is being helmed by Paolo Sorrentino from a script written by Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo, and John Logan. The project is currently being shopped around to streaming services. It’s said that Apple and Netflix are in the mix for the project.
Mengers was an agent “who crashed the Hollywood boys club of agenting with her brandishing an outsized personality to go with her client list.” Mengers worked at agencies such as MCA, ICM, and WMA, and she repped a list of clients that at one time or other included Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Brian De Palma, Faye Dunaway, Bob Fosse, Gene Hackman, Sidney Lumet, Ali McGraw, Steve McQueen, Mike Nichols, Nick Nolte, Tatum O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal, Anthony Perkins, Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Gore Vidal, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, and Tuesday Weld.
As you can see, she represented quite an impressive list of filmmaking talent! Mengers passed away in 2011 at the age of 21. Mengers was known “for her devotion to her clients, and landing high salaries for the likes of Streisand and others. Mengers championed young actresses in their day, i.e. Ali McGraw, Dyan Cannon, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Cybill Shepherd, giving them a voice and stature in the business. However, gross deals and contractual details weren’t Mengers’ specialty and she began to lose clients in the 70s and 80s when the business began to shift, and Mike Ovitz started his ascent with CAA.”