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Jennifer Lawrence Is About To Make Your High School English Class A Whole Lot Easier

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | September 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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Universal Pictures and Hunger Games director Gary Ross, in their infinite wisdom, are remaking East Of Eden. You know, John Steinbeck’s 601 page re-telling of the story of Cain and Abel set in Salinas, CA. I wrinkle my nose in the general direction of this project for several reasons. First of all, there’s a perfectly fantastic film adaptation directed by Elia Kazan. I don’t think we need to touch it. I’m particularly f*cking adamant we don’t crap all over the only three films screen god James Dean ever made. There’s only three. Just don’t touch them. Leave them be.

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Secondly, they’re splitting the film into two parts. Sure, that makes sense, given the length of the novel, but why not a make a smashing HBO mini-series instead? I can’t stand the Twilight-ening of all these book adaptations. Thirdly, they’ve cast Jennifer Lawrence as the mother. Nope, not the fresh-faced love interest. The mother. So J. Law is 23? How young are we going to go with these teenage leads? I guess it makes sense that Lawrence would want the far more interesting role of the dispassionate mother who leaves her children to become the madam of an infamous brothel that’s a hot bed of sexual sadism. That sounds like much meatier stuff for an Oscar-winner to chew on.

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Here’s one bit of cold comfort. If 23 year-old Jennifer Lawrence is playing the mother, then there’s no way in hell 35 year-old James Franco is getting Dean’s part of Cal. And I bet he’s screaming into a pillow about it right at this very moment. And that’s pretty great.

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