Since The United States of Tara, the Diablo Cody-penned series about a family dealing with their matriarch's dissociative identity disorder, Brie Larson has been delivering one acerbic performance after another, playing jaded rock star Envy Adams in the giddy action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a heartbroken teen in the gritty crime drama Rampart, and spirited love interest of Jonah Hill in the high school-set caper 21 Jump Street. With roles lined up in a half a dozen more upcoming features, Larson's star is definitely on the rise.

But rather than putting all her eggs in one basket, Larson is smartly diversifying doing a dark comedy here (Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction), a nervy adaptation there (James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now based on the Tim Tharp novel), and little indie drama. Deadline reports Larson has signed on to play the female lead of Short Term 12, which will be writer-director Destin Cretton's follow-up to the 2012 Sundance selected directorial debut I'm Not a Hipster.

Based on his previously made short film of the same name, Short Term 12 focuses on a counselor (Larson) who attempts to guide troubled youth at a foster home while dealing with her own crippling issues of self worth and dark past. The original short was honored with the Sundance Jury Prize for Best Short film in 2009, and Cretton's expanded screenplay has since won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship. So, on paper this production looks promising. However, what's most intriguing about Short Term 12 is that it will give Larson a chance to step out of supporting role shadows and take her shot at the leading lady spotlight. And it's about time.

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