One of the biggest actors in Hollywood will teaming up with the director of “Call Me By Your Name” to tell the story of the last women to be publicly executed in Iceland.
Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”) will star in and produce Luca Guadagnino’s new true-crime drama, according to Variety. Based on the Hannah Kent’s novel “Burial Rites,” the film follows convicted murderer and arsonist Agnes Magnúsdóttir (Lawrence), the last Icelandic woman to be publicly executed. Magnúsdóttir was sentenced to death in 1830 for the alleged killing of two men and the arson of their home. “Burial Rites” explores Magnúsdóttir last months as she waits to die in an isolated farmhouse with “a family of upstanding citizens,” as per the odd workings of the Icelandic legal system. Kent’s story is a new take on what might’ve happened during Magnúsdóttir’s final months, according to The Guardian.
Guadagnino is riding a wave of good news this week, with “Call Me By Your Name” picking up 3 Golden Globe nominations on Monday for best picture, best lead actor (Timothée Chalamet, “Interstellar”) and best supporting actor (Armie Hammer, “The Social Network”). Lawrence is an Oscar winner herself, earning a golden statue for “Silver Linings Playbook.” The “Hunger Games” actor starred in Darren Aronofsky’s controversial “mother!” this year and will be seen next in “Red Sparrow” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” where she returns as Mystique.
Allison Shearmur (“Rogue One”) and Justine Ciarrocchi (“American Hustle”) will produce alongside Lawrence, with Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) and Jerry Kalajian executive producing; Ross was previously rumored to be directing the film himself when the project was still at Lionsgate. The project has now found a home with TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures. TriStar president Hannah Minghella and creative exec Shary Shirazi will oversee for the studio.
Shearmur put out a glowing statement on Guadagnino, Lawrence and the upcoming project, describing the director as a “masterful storyteller who brilliantly captures the nuance of the human condition.” “Burial Rites” author Kent is also pleased with the collaboration, calling Lawrence a “tremendous talent.”
Lawrence is repped by CAA. Guadagnino is repped by WME.