Jennifer Lawrence to star in 'East of Eden' remake

05:00 AM, Sep 26, 2013

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. On Sept. 26, 2013, Deadline.com reported that Lawrence will star in a remake of 'East of Eden.' Samir Hussein, Getty Images/


Written By by Cindy Clark, USA TODAY

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in a new adaptation of East of Eden, reports Deadline.com.

And she’ll be in good company, as her Hunger Games director Gary Ross is on board to direct the film.

Based on the John Steinbeck novel, the generational story revolves around a father and two sons in California’s Salinas Valley prior to World War I, and the dark secrets they uncover about their mother whom they thought to be dead. Ross reportedly wants to tell the story over two films. The book was originally adapted as a 1955 James Dean movie directed by Elia Kazan.

Lawrence will play Cathy Ames, the mother of the boys and estranged wife of their father.