Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) will produce and star in Rules of Inheritance. Susanne Bier (In a Better World) will direct from an Abi Morgan (Shame) script that is based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s powerful memoir about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery while in the process of losing her family. Boasting big box office success and her first Oscar win, Lawrence is now looking for more creative control in her future pursuits. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reported that Lawrence will produce and star in the memoir adaptation. She’ll be seen later this year in The Devil You Know, Serena, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and American Hustle. Look for her next summer in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Here’s a look at the memoir description of Rules of Inheritance (via Amazon):
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.