From a dark and dinky Room to The Glass Castle, Brie Larson’s rise to prominence is appropriately mirrored in her choice of roles. After wowing audiences with her intimate and wholly unique performance for Lenny Abrahamson’s mother-son drama, Larson continues on her path to the big time with Lionsgate’s drama which, according to Variety, has now attracted the attention of Woody Harrelson.
Having only opened negotiation, there’s no word yet on whether The Hunger Games star will extend his healthy partnership with the studio beyond the release of this month’s Mockingjay – Part 2, and it’s interesting to note that, prior to the green light, Jennifer Lawrence was attached to topline The Glass Castle. Alas, that reunion wasn’t to be, but there is another collaboration on the cards for Lionsgate’s drama, which will see Larson reunite with her Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton.
Penning the screenplay along with Andrew Lanham, Cretton’s The Glass Castle takes inspiration from the memoir of MSNBC contributor Jeannette Walls. She’ll act as the main character, and we assume it’s the role that Larson will take the reins for. Gil Netter and Erik Feig are producing.
Muscling its way into the New York Times bestseller chart, here’s a synopsis of Walls’ memoir courtesy of Simon and Schuster:
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. 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.
No official word on whether Woody Harrelson will board The Glass Castle; though if he does, we imagine it won’t be too much longer before Lionsgate gets the wheels in motion.