Brie Larson’s Forgotten Period Melodrama Is Now Streaming On Netflix

Brie Larson stars in The Glass Castle, and it is now streaming on Netflix.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

When it comes to Academy Award-winner Brie Larson, many titles could pop up in your mind. From her role as Captain Marvel in the MCU to her Oscar-winning performance in Room, the actress has had a successful run in Hollywood. Now, audiences have the chance to catch one of her most underrated performances as The Glass Castle is available on Netflix.

With the changing of the month comes the rollout of new films on platforms like HBO Max, Prime Video, and Netflix. Although she can be seen in the streamer’s original film, Unicorn Store, the arrival of The Glass Castle will mark the only other Brie Larson-led feature to currently appear on the platform. Adapted from Jeannette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir of the same name, the film is an absolute must-watch for any fan of The Agent star. 

Appearing alongside the likes of Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Naomi Watts (The Ring), and Sarah Snook (Succession), Brie Larson stars in the film as Jeannette Walls in a story about the author’s challenging childhood. Doing their best to survive while living in poverty, the story follows the tight-knit group as they try to stay together even in the most dire of circumstances.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty), the filmmaker also co-penned the script alongside frequent collaborator Andrew Lanham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe and executive producer, Marti Noxon.

Like many movies that come from the pages of best-selling novels, The Glass Castle was hit or miss with critics and audiences. While Brie Larson’s performance was given praise, the adaptation itself wasn’t wholly welcomed by Jeannette Walls’ followers. Landing a score of 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the title raked in $22 million at the domestic box office.

The Glass Castle was set into motion by Lionsgate in 2012 and before Brie Larson was set to star, the studio hired the ever-popular Jennifer Lawrence in the leading role. For reasons unknown – perhaps due to her busy schedule at the time that included filming for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and American Hustle, Lawrence stepped down from the project, leaving an opening for Larson to take over.

The Glass Castle

Following a stacked year in 2017 that would see Brie Larson not only appear in The Glass Castle, but also Kong: Skull Island, Unicorn Store, and Basmati Blues, the actress took a brief hiatus from the world of motion pictures only to come back with a bang in 2019. Appearing in two blockbuster MCU titles that year, audiences would first meet Larson’s Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in her own standalone film as well as in Avengers: Endgame

Since 2019, Brie Larson has only made cameos in major productions, but that’s all about to change with the approaching arrival of Fast X. Making her debut into the world of speedy cars, genius villains, and a big happy family, Larson will soon race alongside the best of them in the latest installment in the fan-favorite franchise. She’ll join fellow newcomers like Jason Mamoa and Rita Moreno in the Louis Leterrier-helmed film that comes out on May 19.

And then, of course, there’s her long awaited return to the MCU which she’ll make in the sure-to-be fall blockbuster, The Marvels. Combining the stories of three of Marvel’s toughest female heroes, the movie will see Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel team up with Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau and Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel in an epic multiverse-hopping journey. Along with the leading ladies, audiences can also expect to see Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury along with a handful of other new and familiar faces – including Goose – join the gals on their big adventure. 

Showing absolutely zero signs of slowing down, Brie Larson will soon be taking over the small screen on Apple TV+’s Lessons in Chemistry, a series about a 1960s scientist (Larson) who finds herself teaching women about science under the ruse of a cooking show. Finally, there’s the recently announced anime reboot version of Scott Pilgrim that will see Larson along with a slew of other actors from the original feature including Aubrey Plaza, Michael Cera, and Kieran Culkin reprise their roles for an animated adventure. Be sure to check out The Glass Castle now streaming on Netflix.