Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to produce and star in the film adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith’s 2012 memoir The Rules of Inheritance. Deadline has reported that the adaptation will be directed by Susanne Bier, who recently directed Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the Depression-era drama Serena, due to be released later this year.
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.
This seems like it’ll be another role for Jennifer Lawrence to shine on screen. The extremely talented actress has a busy slate coming up. She next appears in the anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, David O. Russell’s American Hustle, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Serena.