Jennifer Lawrence to Star in 'Rules of Inheritance'

Jennifer Lawrence Cannes - P 2013
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Jennifer Lawrence Cannes - P 2013

Susanne Bier will direct the film adaptation, with Bruce Cohen producing alongside Lawrence.

Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in and produce The Rules of Inheritance, based on Claire Bidwell Smith's acclaimed memoir.

Glen Basner's FilmNation is financing the film, to be directed by Susanne Bier, and will represent foreign rights. CAA packaged the project and will handle the film domestically.

Rules of Inheritance reunites Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook producer Bruce Cohen. Abi Morgan will write the adapted script.

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“We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Susanne Bier, Abi Morgan and Bruce Cohen. We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall in love with," Basner and FilmNation's Aaron Ryder said in announcing the film project.

Added Cohen: “Jennifer, Susanne, Abi and I are incredibly excited to be working on this extraordinary project together. We all believe this film can strike a deeply resonant chord with audiences, just as Claire’s riveting memoir has."

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Smith was an only child, who, over a seven-year period as a young adult, lost both her parents to cancer. While struggling to cope, she propels herself into many romances, adventures and travels in an inspirational, emotionally charged and surprisingly humorous journey that celebrates life, the people we love and lose and the discoveries we make along the way. 

Lawrence is represented by CAA. Smith is represented by Wendy Sherman Associates in association with CAA.