Lawrence to pro­duce, star in Walls’ ‘Glass Cas­tle’

Ac­tress fell for book af­ter mom’s push

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - BY JES­SICA HERN­DON

BEV­ERLY HILLS, CALIF. Jen­nifer Lawrence will not only star in the up­com­ing film adap­ta­tion of Jeanette Walls’ 2005 best-sell­ing mem­oir “The Glass Cas­tle,” the project will also mark her first time as a pro­ducer.

“I don’t know if I will be any good, but I’m try­ing it,” Miss Lawrence said of her new post in an in­ter­view at a re­cent pub­lic­ity event in Bev­erly Hills. “So far I am not sure if I am be­cause I am very in­stinc­tual, but not very ver­bal. But pro­duc­ing is some­thing that I have re­ally wanted to do.”

The ac­tress at­tached her­self to the adap­ta­tion af­ter her mother, Karen Lawrence, fell in love with Ms. Walls’ story and sug­gested she read it.

“My mother is like the lucky charm with th­ese kinds of things,” said the 23-year-old star of the up­com­ing “The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire.” “She read ‘Win­ter’s Bone’ and ‘Hunger Games,’ and when I read ‘The Glass Cas­tle’ I thought it was amaz­ing, so we found Gil Net­ter, the pro­ducer who had the rights to [the book]. He and I started talk­ing, and now we are de­vel­op­ing. We have a di­rec­tor and a writer, and it’s get­ting go­ing.”

“The Glass Cas­tle,” which spent more than 335 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, de­tails Ms. Walls’ poor and dys­func­tional up­bring­ing as she is raised by an ec­cen­tric artist mother and al­co­holic fa­ther.

The Lion­s­gate film will be di­rected by Destin Cret­ton, who wrote and di­rected this sum­mer’s well-re­ceived drama “Short Term 12.”

The screen­play, which was orig­i­nally writ­ten by Marti Noxon, is be­ing rewrit­ten by Mr. Cret­ton and An­drew Lan­ham. A pro­duc­tion date for the movie has not yet been set.


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