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Luca Guadagnino's Next Film Will Star Jennifer Lawrence As An Icelandic Murderer

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The pair are adapting the 2013 novel Burial Rites.

Luca Guadagnino, the openly gay director of this year's Call Me By Your Name, will take on a very different subject matter for his next feature: the story of an Icelandic woman, Agnes Magnusdottir, accused of murdering two men, including her master, and executed in 1830. Jennifer Lawrence has been confirmed for the lead role, Vulturereports.

The pair are adapting the 2013 novel Burial Rites, which is based on Magnusdottir's true story and focuses on the final days of her life in Iceland after being charged with murder. Lawrence will also serve as an executive producer on the film.

Guadagnino's cinematic vision and attention to the tiniest detail are what have made his previous films, including Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash, and I Am Love, such critical sensations, particularly for their respectively lush aesthetics.

Allison Shearmur, who helped produce The Hunger Games, will also produce on this film. In a statement to Variety, she said:

"Luca Guadagnino is a masterful storyteller who brilliantly captures the nuance of the human condition in his films. I cannot wait for him to bring his original voice to the raw, visceral brutality, and poetry of Hannah Kent's haunting true story of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland for the murder of two men. Jennifer Lawrence, Justine Ciarrocchi, and I love this project and we could not be more excited by the way it is coming together with Hannah Minghella's passion and drive to get it done at TriStar."

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