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Jennifer Lawrence Will Star In A Remake Of John Steinbeck's 'East Of Eden'


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Jennifer Lawrence is going to go from the girl on fire to Salinas Valley mistress.

"The Hunger Games" actress is set to star in a remake of John Steinbeck's classic "East of Eden,"according to Deadline.

Lawrence would re-team with "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross on what is set to be a two-film project.

Imagine and Universal will be distrubuting.

Sources close to the project tell us the deal came unexpectedly late Tuesday evening.

Imagine and Universal previously had a deal to the film rights to "East of Eden" in 2004, but allowed the timeframe in which they could make that film to run out.

Since then, Imagine and Universal have slowly been negotiating for the rights to make the film with McIntosh & Otis (M&O) who control the rights to the entire Steinbeck estate and represent his entire catalogue of works including "East of Eden."

There's certainly enough detail in the more than 640-page novel for two films. 

"East of Eden" is largely centered around two generations of the Trask family — Cathy and Adam Ames and the ongoing fued between their twin sons Aron and Caleb. 

Deadline reports that Ross wants Lawrence to play the role of Cathy, a character described as "cold, cruel, selfish, and violent" (spoiler — she sets her house on fire, killing both parents in the process). After abandoning her sons she becomes one of the most popular prostitutes in Salinas, California.

"East of Eden" was first made into a film in 1955 starring James Dean and Julie Harris.

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