[Movies] Jennifer Lawrence Signs on to East of Eden Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.25.2013
Lawrence set to reteam with director Gary Ross…
THR reports that Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in East of Eden, based on the 1952 novel by John Steinbeck.
Lawrence is set to reteam with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross for the film. Univeral Pictures acquired the film rights for the book in 2004 after the book was chosen for Oprah's Book Club list. The option lapsed and the studio put together a new proposal based around Ross' and Lawrence's involvement.
The book is loosely based on the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel and focuses on two families over the course of two generations and is set in California's Salinas Valley pre-World War I. Ross is said to want Lawrence to play Cathy Ames, the principal antagonist and wife to the book's protagonist, Adam Trask. The role was previously played by Jo Van Fleet in the 1955 film adaptation starring James Dean. Van Fleet won an Academy Award for the performance.
Currently no screenwriter is officially attached to the project. It is likely that Ross will have a hand in shaping the script similar to his previous projects.