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Jennifer Lawrence confirms Burial Rights with Luca Guadagnino

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Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Lawrence has reportedly been confirmed for a film adaptation of the Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel, Burial Rites.

Based on the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830, the movie will be produced by Lawrence (among others) and directed by Italian Luca Guadagnino, whose latest film Call Me By Your Name has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards.

A farm worker, Magnúsdóttir was sentenced to death for her part in the murder of two men.

However, due to the structure of the Icelandic legal system, she was forced to spend her final days at an isolated farmhouse with a family of upstanding citizens watching over her.

Kent’s novel re-imagines the story of these final months.

Kent herself expressed enthusiasm for the casting choice on social media, saying on Twitter that Lawrence was “a tremendous talent”.

The story of Magnúsdóttir has previously been made into a film for Icelandic audiences, in the form of 1995’s Agnes, which starred Icelandic actors Maria Ellingsen and Baltasar Kormákur.