Brie Larson is in early talks to replace Jennifer Lawrence as the star of Lionsgate?s ?The Glass Castle,? an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Lawrence, who will be back in theaters next month in the studio?s final ?Hunger Games? sequel, had been previously attached to the project, which is an adaptation of Jeannette Walls? best-selling memoir.
Should the deal happen, Larson would work with director Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed her in 2013?s critically acclaimed indie drama ?Short Term 12.? Marti Noxon wrote the first draft of the script, and Gil Netter and Erik Feig are producing.
Lawrence had signed on to the project in late 2013 to both star in it and produce it. However, she eventually dropped out, and now has the sci-fi film ?Passengers? in the works, as well as a screenplay with friend Amy Schumer.
?The Glass Castle? is about a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads led by a mother and father who attempt to distract the children from their poverty.
Lionsgate declined to comment to TheWrap.
Quentin Tarantino gave an interview to the Vulture in which he mentioned Jennifer. Here’s what he said:
(…) When I was looking for [the character] Daisy, I could have seen Jennifer Lawrence doing a good job with the role. I?m a very big fan of hers. I think she could end up being another little Bette Davis if she keeps on going the way she?s going. I think her work with David O. Russell is very reminiscent of William Wyler and Bette Davis?s.7
Having said that, though, Daisy should be a little older. She should fit in with the guys. (…)
Probably the year’s best possible casting news ? Jennifer and Chris Pratt are in talks to board Sony’s Sci-Fi drama ‘Passengers’. Read on to read the film plot!
VARIETY.COM – Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to star in Sony?s space drama ?Passengers,? with ?The Imitation Game? director Morten Tyldum to helm.
Jon Spaihts, writer of ?Doctor Strange,? is penning the script. Sony bought rights to ?Passengers? in December.
?Passengers? is set on a spacecraft in the future, with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.
Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce through Moritz?s Original Film banner along with Michael Maher for Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.
The project has a long development history: Focus was in talks to acquire U.S. rights with Keanu Reeves attached earlier in 2014; the Weinstein Co. ditched the project earlier after acquiring the rights. Both Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams were at one point attached to the project.
Tyldum has been nominated for an Oscar and a DGA award for ?The Imitation Game.?
Lawrence is repped by CAA and was last seen in ?Hunger Games: Mockingjay ? Part 1,? which was the highest-grossing movie of 2014. She will appear in ?Mockingjay ? Part 2? later this year and in ?X-Men: Apocalypse? in 2016.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m. PST ? Chris Pratt is in early talks for the male lead. Pratt will be seen next in ?Jurassic World.? That item of news was first reported by The Wrap.