Magnolia has released the first Serena clip online, and it gives a bit of a hint as to why the movie has sat on a shelf for so long despite starring two of Hollywood’s hottest actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. They play Serena and George Pemberton, newlyweds trying to build a timber empire. The business takes off thanks to Serena’s ability and ambition, but when she uncovers the truth of George’s past, it threatens the stability of their marriage and business. While I enjoy hearing Bradley Cooper talk about mahogany as the next guy, this clip is passionate scene without much passion, except when they kiss and the handheld camera swooshes around like it’s trying to get a better shot.
Hit the jump to check out the Serena clip. The movie also stars Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, and Sean Harris, and will premiere at the London Film Festival before opening in the U.K. on October 24th. Serena hits VOD in the U.S. on February 26, 2015 and will open in theaters on March 27th
Here’s the official synopsis for Serena:
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
Reuniting Academy Award Winner Jennifer Lawrence and Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper on screen, SERENA boasts an incredible supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris.