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Jennifer Lawrence: Brie Larson replaces star in Glass Castle

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It seems that Room actress Brie Larson is ready for an upgrade of sorts with the news that she’s been offered the lead role in The Glass Castle, a movie adaptation of the best-selling memoir.

Larson (Trainwreck, The Gambler) is in talks to replace Jennifer Lawrence in the Lionsgate drama, EW has confirmed. The film will reteam Larson with her Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton.

Variety was first to report the news.

Published in 2005 by Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle features autobiographical story of a girl raised by dysfunctional parents — an artist mother an alcoholic father — under unconventional circumstances. 

Larson, 26, has been gaining steady momentum this fall for her performance in Room, which earned rave reviews when it premiered at film festivals in Telluride, Colorado and Toronto. The Lenny Abrahamson-directed film — which EW gave an A  — features Larson’s character as single mother held captive with her son (Jacob Tremblay) in a one-room shed.

Beyond that buzzy role, Larson is on a roll: She’s been tapped for the female lead in Kong: Skull Island and has been offered a role in Billie Jean King biopic Battle of the Sexes. In addition to closing movie deals and taking meetings, the Sacramento native has also been busy making the talk show rounds. Her latest? An appearance on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show, where she and Fallon battled it out over a hilarious round of “The Whisper Challenge.”