Two of the hardest working actors today are set to retunite once more. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who recently wrapped David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook, are apparently set to star in an adaptation of Ron Rash’s novel Serena. Set in 1930s North Carolina, the story centers on a couple who move in order to build a timber empire. Their vicious, blind ambition turns them against each other as the sterile wife launches a vendetta against her husband’s illegitimate son. It’s incredibly heavy stuff, and should provide some fantastic material for the two actors.
Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct the project with Angelina Jolie in the starring role, but now Vulture reports that In a Better World director Susanne Bier is attached to helm. It’s refreshing that Cooper and Lawrence, who have had their fair share of commercial success, are still willing to do more dramatic, challenging material. The film is expected to be the next project for the busy Cooper, who is also expected to film Paradise Lost and The Hangover 3 this year. As for Lawrence, she heads back into training for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire this July. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Serena.
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains–but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning. [Amazon]