Jennifer Lawrence is playing the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in Burial Rites.
In 1830, the last public execution took place in Iceland. Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a farmhand, was sentenced for killing two men and setting fire to their home; she and Friðrik Sigurðsson, a farmer’s son from Katadalur, were both executed by beheading.
This true crime tale is getting the Hollywood movie treatment, with Jennifer Lawrence starring in the titular role. A movie version already exists, in the form of the 1995 Icelandic production Agnes. A novelization, also titled Burial Rites, was authored by Australian writer Hannah Kent and published in 2013.
Previously at Lionsgate, the project has now landed at TriStar where Luca Guadagnino, whose recent Call Me By Your Name has been a huge critical success and received three Golden Globes nominations, will direct.
Lawrence’s former collaborator Gary Ross, who directed Hunger Games, was previously set to helm, and will still serve as executive producer.
Jennifer Lawrence will produce with Justine Ciarrocchi and Allison Shearmur.