Brie Larson stole headlines left, right, and center during the summer months after landing the coveted role of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel. It was a casting coup that was long in the cards, but given that the female-led solo movie isn’t expected to arrive until 2019, the so-hot-right-now Larson has lined up a string of tantalizing roles in the interim.
Chief among them is The Glass Castle, a coming-of-age family drama that heralds a reunion between the actress and her Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton. It’s the long-awaited adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ celebrated memoir, and Entertainment Weekly has today premiered our first look at Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.
The latter two Oscar nominees will play Rose Mary and Rex, respectively, the deeply flawed parents whose “ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation.” New Girl star Max Greenfield holds a supporting role as David Goldberg.
The official description of Walls’ memoir gives us a fair indication of her colorful upbringing to a fiercely artistic mother and a borderline-alcoholic father.
In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Lionsgate is yet to pin down a release date for The Glass Castle, but Cretton’s adaptation has been simmering in post for a few months now, potentially aligning the coming-of-age drama for launch next summer – unless Lionsgate holds fire to drop the movie smack bang in the middle of next year’s awards season, that is.