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Jennifer Lawrence Will Be East of Eden’s Leading Lady

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Party during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Baoli Beach on May 18, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Photo: Samir Hussein/2013 Getty Images

High school English students and fans of JLaw rejoice! John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden is being adapted for the big screen once again thanks to Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Deadline broke the news Wednesday night, reporting that Brian Grazer and Anna Culp will executive produce the story of a Salinas Valley father, his two sons, and all their dark secrets. Filling the role of the family’s presumed-dead mother is Jennifer Lawrence, whom Variety suspects signed on in order to work with Gary Ross again. The Cain and Abel retelling is reportedly one of the Hunger Games director’s favorites and he “plans to tell the generational story in two films.”

Jennifer Lawrence Cast in East of Eden