WEEK IN WOMEN: Brie Larson to Heads for LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room, Captain Marvel) plans to star in and executive produce the upcoming Apple period drama series Lessons in Chemistry, which has earned a straight-to-series order from Apple. The series will be adapted from the upcoming novel from Bonnie Garmus, due out in spring 2022 via Doubleday. In the UK, the debut novel from Garmus – an  author, science editor, and copywriter – will be pushed by Transworld. It has sold in more than 35 countries to date.

Brie Larson will play Elizabeth Lott in the period series, which will be set in the 1960s. After her dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a society that has determined that women belong in the home and not the workplace, Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and fired from her lab. So, she accepts a job as a host on a television cooking show and sets out to teach a nation of unappreciated housewives – and the men who are suddenly listening – a lot more than recipes, while eager to return to her beloved science.

Apple Studios will produce. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.