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Forbidden love


Gazette staff August 14th, 2012

An Oklahoma governor from yesteryear will be getting the Hollywood treatment, as will his niece. Er, make that adopted daughter. Actually, make that his wife.

Credit: Brad Gregg

It’s fair to say the love story of Ernest W. Marland and Lydie Roberts could have given Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn a run for their money in the department of the thoroughly icky.

The Weinstein Company is set to make Ends of the Earth, a film dramatizing the tale of Marland and his niece-turned-daughter-turned-wife, with The Hunger Games hottie Jennifer Lawrence in negotiations for the role of Lydie.

The story is certainly an intriguing one. Marland, an oil tycoon who served as governor during the Great Depression, had adopted Lydie when she was 17. Several years later, he had that adoption annulled so they could marry.

As if the likely casting of Lawrence wasn’t enough indication, the Marland tale is slated to receive major-league treatment. The screenplay is by Chris Terrio, who also penned Argo, Ben Affleck’s next directorial outing and already bandied about as an Academy Award contender, although it’s not scheduled to open until October.

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