Jennifer Lawrence Attached to Lead as Last Icelandic Woman to Be Publicly Executed in ‘Burial Rites’

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The Oscar-favorite will lead the adaptation based on Hannah Kent's novel of the same title.

Jennifer Lawrence has been attached to lead and produce the true-crime drama Burial Rites, Variety reported Tuesday (December 12).

Helmed by Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagninothe Oscar-winner will perform in the 19th-century semi-biopic based on Australian novelist Hannah Kent‘s 2013 debut novel of the same name that recounts the life and death of real a farmhand named Agnes Magnusdottir (to be played by Lawrence), who became the last Icelandic woman to be publicly hung after being indicted with the murder of two men and burning down their homes.

According to Variety, TriStar Pictures has already acquired rights to the film, which Justine Ciarrocchi (The Hunger Games) and Allison Shearmur (Power Rangers) will produce. Executive producers Gary Ross and Jerry Kalajian are also on board with Shary Shirazi and Hannah Minghella fronting studio operations behind the project.

Read an official synopsis of Kent’s Burial Rites, courtesy of Goodreads, below.

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

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