Jennifer Lawrence Cast in East of Eden, Reteaming With Hunger Games Director
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Jennifer Lawrence Cast in East of Eden, Reteaming With Hunger Games Director

Forget Miley — Jennifer Lawrence is the one who can't stop. Ever since The Hunger Games took a "Wrecking Ball" to the box office, the newest Hollywood It Girl and Oscar winner has had her pick of the choicest film roles. And the latest is East of Eden, a new cinematic adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 magnum opus.

Deadline reports that the 23-year-old has been cast in the project, which will reunite her with Hunger Games director Gary Ross.

The story interweaves the plights of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, in an early-1900s retelling of the fall of the first Biblical family — Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel. It's already hit the silver screen once in 1955 in an Elia Kazan film starring James Dean and Julie Harris.

In this new update — which Gary hopes to split into two films — Jennifer will play the young version of the Trask family's matriarch.

Gary, for the record, declined to direct the Hunger Games sequels — Catching Fire and the two Mockingjay installments — objecting to the rushed production schedule. Instead, the 56-year-old (who also helmed Big, Pleasantville, and Seabiscuit) is gearing up to film Peter Pan prequel Peter and the Starcatchers.

Meanwhile, J.Law has six other films in the pipeline: the three Hunger Games films, the superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, the crime drama American Hustle (which reunites her with Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell), and the Depression-era drama Serena (also starring Bradley).

Will you be checking out Jen in East of Eden? Or will she forever be Katniss in your mind? Sound off below.

Source: Deadline

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

09.26.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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