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Jennifer Lawrence to Star in and Lead ‘Dakar Rally’ Movie at Amblin Partners [Exclusive]

‘Dakar Rally’ is an annual racing event that has also spawned many video games since Dakar 2: The World’s Ultimate Rally in 2003

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Jennifer Lawrence will be leading the cast as Jutta Kleinschmidt in the upcoming Amblin Partners feature film Dakar (Working Title). The film is based on the life story of Jutta Kleinschmidt, the first and only woman to win the uphill off-road persistence race The Dakar Rally.

From a script written by Greta Heinemann, the movie will be directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Amblin Partners acquired the rights to the film as well as Kleinschmidt's self-penned book, My Victory at Dakar in 2020.

Jennifer Lawrence is playing Kleinschmidt, who was born in Germany and bought her first motorcycle at age 18. She worked at BMW for six years after studying physics before leaving in 1992 to pursue her passion for motorsports. In 1997, she became the rally's first female stage winner, and in 1999, she finished third overall as part of the first all-female team to stand on the winners' podium. Kleinschmidt won the fabled race in 2001, after 15 years of trying, and cemented her place in history.

Annie Marter will executive produce for 87North and Kleinschmidt will co-produce. Jeb Brody, President of Production, and Mia Maniscalco, VP of Creative Affairs, will oversee for Amblin Partners. 87 North principals Kelly McCormick and David Leitch brought the project to the studio and will produce, it along with David Kaufmann, who first conceived of the project, under his Devonsheer Media banner.

Jennifer Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movies and Mystique in the X-Men series of films starting with X-Men: First Class. Her notable performance also came in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Red Sparrow, and Don't Look Up among others. Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for Oscars four times and has won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook.

The Amaury Sport Organisation organizes the Dakar Rally, an annual rally raid. Most events since the inception in 1978 were staged from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, events from 2009 to 2019 were held in South America. It has also spawned many video games from Deep Silver.

The Dakar Rally, dubbed "the most dangerous race on the planet," takes place at the crossroads of impossible terrain and logistical incompetence. Originating in 1978, the multi-stage race began in Paris, France, and ended in Dakar, Senegal. Now, over 40 years later, the race has claimed the lives of over 70 people, and victory at Dakar remains the Everest of motorsports. The 2020 rally took place in the Saudi Arabian desert for the first time, and drivers bold enough to compete weren’t told the course until minutes before the start of each stage. The Dakar Rally continues to live up to its reputation as one of the hardest, meanest, and most fiercely competed races in the world, with over 350 Buggies, UTVs, SUVs, trucks, cars, motorbikes, and quads competing.



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