Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly set to star in “The Dive,” the James Cameron-produced freediving drama that revolves around a husband and wife team, their record-breaking dives, and the tragedy that ended it all.
Lawrence, who once again teams with director Francis Lawrence (“Hunger Games), will star as Audrey Mestre, a French marine biologist and freediver. A scuba diving enthusiast, Mestre became interested in the sport of free-diving (which involves diving to the greatest depths on a single breath of air) in the mid-90’s; training under, and later marrying, the legendary freediver Francisco “Pipín” Ferreras. In November 2002, while attempting to break the world record dive of 531 feet set earlier by her husband, Mestre encountered an issue with a lift balloon. Pulled from the water nine minutes later, efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. She was 28.
Two books have since emerged in the wake of the tragedy – one by dive co-organizer Carlos Serra called “The Last Attempt” (which faults Ferreras with Mestre’s death) and another by Ferreras himself called “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession” which details Mestre’s life. While it’s unclear which story the film will adapt, as WeGotThisCovered.com mentions, the fact that James Cameron shot Ferreras’ record-breaking tribute dive to Mestre in 2003 favors the latter.
You can watch the ESPN documentary “No Limits” on Mestre, Ferreras, and the tragic dive below. Shooting on “The Dive” is expected to start later this year.