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Brie Larson Goes Into the 'Room,' Lenny Abrahamson's Captivity Drama Based on the Bestseller

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 10, 2014 at 12:29PM

Brie Larson had a big year in 2013, receiving rave reviews and even an Indie Spirit nomination for her role in Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12." And she's now on board Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "Room," based on the bestseller by Emma Donahue (who also penned the adaptation).
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Brie Larson
Brie Larson

Brie Larson had a big year in 2013, receiving rave reviews and even an Indie Spirit nomination for her role in Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12." And she's now on board Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "Room," based on the bestseller by Emma Donahue (who also penned the adaptation).

Larson will star as Ma, a young woman who has been in captivity since her kidnapping as a teenager. She lives in a small room with her five-year-old son (who, in the novel, narrates); a man named Old Nick is their captor. The book was loosely based on the 2008 case of an Austrian woman, 24-year-old Elisabeth Frizl, who escaped captivity in a basement after having given birth to seven children while being held prisoner there.

Abrahamson's 2014 band comedy-drama "Frank," which debuted at Sundance and is best known for starring Michael Fassbender wearing a giant, fake head, is one of the strongest titles of the year so far. Count us excited for whatever he's got on the upcoming docket.

Meanwhile, Larson also has Judd Apatow's "Trainwrecked," "The Gambler" opposite Mark Wahlberg and DreamWorks' "The Good Luck of Right Now" in the works.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.