5 Actresses Who Would Be Better As ‘The Glass Castle’ Lead Than Jennifer Lawrence
1:30 pm, June 4th | by Laura Donovan
It’s no secret that The Jane Dough loves all things pertaining to Jennifer Lawrence. But I wasn’t sure what to make of the rumor that she is in talks to portray the lead in a potential film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’s phenomenal memoir, “The Glass Castle,” which recounts the journalist’s unusual upbringing with parents who chose a nomadic, homeless existence to constantly experience adventure and thrill.
It’s an unbelievable story on many levels as well as the first book that inspired me to pursue nonfiction writing, so I was rather disappointed that the casting is so off the mark. J-Law is very talented, but always seems to be in tough girl, fight mode. I’m sure the “Hunger Games” has something to do with my view of her, and while the main character in “The Glass Castle” is as strong as young girls come, she’s never hostile or angry. As Gothamist put it, “Walls’s greatest strength is her ability to tell her story with compassion and empathy rather than bitterness.” The beauty of “The Glass Castle” is that Walls doesn’t take pity on herself or resent the family for making her live in cardboard boxes and cars, and it’s hard to see Lawrence going through all that without a frown on her face or giving off the vibe that she knows it’s not right. This isn’t a swipe at Lawrence at all, but she doesn’t seem to have the crucial sweetness factor for the part, so here are some other actresses who could pull the role of Jeannette Walls off very well.