The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to lead The Rules of Inheritance, an adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith’s recent memoir. Deadline reports that the project has a director in Susanne Bier, whose latest, Serena, re-teams Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper.
Published last year, The Rules of Inheritance is officially described as follows:
In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just fourteen years old when both of her charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer. What follows is a coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating. As Claire hurtles towards loss she throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of this harsh reality: boys, alcohol, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and Los Angeles. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is very much alone in the world.
Claire’s story is less of a tragic tale and more of a remarkable lesson on how to overcome some of life’s greatest hardships. Written with suspense and style, and bursting with love and adventure, The Rules of Inheritance vividly captures the deep grief and surprising light of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Lawrence will also produce alongside Bruce Cohen with the project being executive produced through FilmNation Entertainment.