Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Star in ‘The Glass Castle’ for Lionsgate


Jennifer Lawrence helped Lionsgate accomplish its biggest achievement ever, and now Lionsgate is proving its loyalty to the star of The Hunger Games.

Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate purchased the rights to gossip columnist Jeanette Walls’ book “The Glass Castle: A Memoir,” and that Lawrence is in talks to star.

Marti Noxon, the brilliant television writer whose credits include Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Mad Men, and Glee, and who wrote I Am Number Four and Fright Night, is writing the script.

There’s all kinds of good here.

The memoir was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 250 weeks. Back in 2005, Paramount picked up rights to it, but the studio never made the project.

Glass Castle is a nice fit for Lawrence. The role of Jeanette Walls is meaty and interesting, and will give Lawrence, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2010 Winter’s Bone, an opportunity to take on a more nuanced character.

Lawrence is only 21, and is tied to Lionsgate for three more Hunger Games films. Going with Lionsgate for Glass Castle is a smart move for Lawrence and the studio too.

Lionsgate gets Lawrence’s loyalty — and her talent and fans.

Lawrence gets a home that appreciates her and is able to help make her schedule as reasonable as a movie star’s schedule can be. She also gets a great role based on a bestselling book — sound familiar?

Joshua L. Weinstein

 

 

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