Jennifer Lawrence to play another tortured teen?

Apr 23, 2012 at 9:20 p.m. ET

Jennifer Lawrence is entering the danger zone -- again. The Oscar-nominated actress is in talks to headline an upcoming drama called The Glass Castle. She'll play a member of a struggling family led by two ill-equipped parents.

Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence loves playing characters that are rough around the edges. The 21-year-old has gone from a stressed out teen in Winter's Bone, a shapeshifting mutant in X-Men: First Class to an action heroine in The Hunger Games.

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According to Deadline, Lawrence might be tackling another unconventional role. Lionsgate (the studio behind The Hunger Games) recently picked up the film rights to journalist and gossip columnist Jeannette Walls' memoir, The Glass Castle.

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The book details Wall's “dysfunctional but vibrant” upbringing with her poverty-stricken family.

Her father was an alcoholic and her mother wasn't interested in being a traditional parent. Walls and her siblings ended up supporting themselves, while living in their West Virginia mining town.

Lawrence has plenty of experience playing teens who are forced into adulthood. Therefore, The Glass Castle is right up her alley.

The screenplay will be adapted by Marti Noxon, who knows a thing or two about writing from a young woman's perspective. She worked on the hit WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and has scripted episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Glee.

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Noxon recently revealed, “I’m passionate about writing complex female heroines. I’m thrilled about The Hunger Games and The Help. Last year has been really good for the more layered female character. And writers like me have been laying in wait in television.”

The Glass Castle, Jennifer Lawrence and Marti Noxon seem like a perfect fit.

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