In cooperation with Universal, Gary Ross will direct his Hunger Games muse (Jennifer Lawrence) in an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden.
Lawrence will play a mom in the latest film version, the first of course being the 1955 interpretation, one of only three movies the great and handsome James Dean starred in before his death. (James Franco, can you hear me?) From Deadline.com:
Ross wants Lawrence to play Cathy Ames, the cold and cruel mother of the boys and estranged wife of the farmer. The films will tell their stories, leading into the rivalry between their sons.
Literary confession time: despite my mother being a pretty established English teacher, poet, author and library matriarch, I have not read East of Eden. I did love The Pearl and Travels With Charley, and I still draw frightening comparisons to Lennie from Of Mice and Men any time I see a large man holding a puppy or a woman.
Anyway, the intronet tells me that this Cathy Ames character ends up leaving her children to run a brothel, so this could be an especially meaty role for Lawrence, or a total crapfest depending on casting and direction. We shall see.