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Brie Larson is set to play the lead in Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12. She plays a counselor for troubled kids in a foster home, and coming from a difficult past herself, struggles with feeling worthy enough to help anyone else. The script won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship. Cretton’s last film, I’m Not A Hipster, premiered at Sundance. Short Term 12 is based on a short film he made, one that won the Jury Prize for Best Short film at Sundance two years ago. Larson next shoots Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrel to the Nuts opposite Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston & Olivia Wilde and she wrapped The Spectacular Now and the Joseph Gordon Levitt-directed Don Jon’s Addiction. Larson was most recently in 21 Jump Street and Us of Tara. Brie is repped by Gersh & Roar. »


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