News has recently surfaced the Jennifer Lawrence will be starring and producing in a film adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir, Rules of Inheritance. Even though the actress already has a very busy schedule with four films (The Devil You Know, Serena, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and American Hustle) coming out this year. However, as most actors and actresses do, she is planning ahead and lining up more projects for the future.
Suzanne Bier will be directing the film and Abi Morgan is writing the screenplay. Smith’s memoir is a powerful coming-of-age story that follows a teenage girl as she is losing both of her parents to cancer. Here is an official synopsis for Rules of Inheritance (via Amazon):
A coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating.
In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just fourteen years old when both of her charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer. What follows is a coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating. As Claire hurtles towards loss she throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of this harsh reality: boys, alcohol, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and Los Angeles. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is very much alone in the world.
Claire’s story is less of a tragic tale and more of a remarkable lesson on how to overcome some of life’s greatest hardships. Written with suspense and style, and bursting with love and adventure, The Rules of Inheritance vividly captures the deep grief and surprising light of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Lawrence will do well with this role? Would you be interested in seeing this film? Do you think Lawrence made a good career move by also producing the project?