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10/10/2013 08:43 am ET

Jennifer Lawrence's 'Glass Castle' Adaptation Hires 'Short Term 12' Director

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When Jennifer Lawrence isn't stealing the trailer for "American Hustle," she's lining up a surfeit of major roles. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in two films for "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross -- adaptations of the novels "Burial Rites" and "East of Eden" -- and now comes word that Lawrence's adaptation of Jeannette Walls' "The Glass Castle" is on track for release as well. According to Variety, Dustin Daniel Cretton has been hired to direct the film, this coming on the heels of his well-received indie drama "Short Term 12."

Walls' memoir was a runaway best-seller, spending 261 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List. The book focuses on the author's difficult upbringing. Lawrence was first attached to the project in April of 2012, just after the release of "The Hunger Games."

"How about that!" Walls told The Hollywood Reporter in June of this year, when asked about Lawrence's interest in "The Glass Castle." "I wondered, how could someone so gorgeous play some poor-white-trash ragamuffin from West Virginia? Then I read she had been bullied as a kid, and a lightbulb went off: We have more in common than we realize. She’s been able to tap into that for these performances as this tough chicky-poo who also has this vulnerability. I also heard that her amazing mom said to her, 'You have to read this.' As awestruck as I am by Jennifer, I want to meet her mom."

Cretton is a hot commodity now thanks to the aforementioned "Short Term 12." The heartfelt indie drama stars Brie Larson as a young woman battling her own personal demons while working at a foster care facility. Larson has been hailed as giving one of the year's best performances in the film, something that bodes well for Lawrence -- even if she doesn't need too much help in that department. (She has that Oscar and all.)

For more on "The Glass Castle," head to Variety.

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