Magnolia to Distribute Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper Movie SERENA in Early 2015 because No One Else Wants It

     September 17, 2014

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Susanne Bier‘s Serena was shot over two years ago, and in addition to starring two of Hollywood’s hottest actors—Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper—it’s also got a great premise: 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.  What’s not to like?

Apparently, everything. Hit the jump for more.

The movie finally got a U.K. release date a few weeks ago, and will open on October 24th.  But in the U.S., the movie has struggled to find a home, so now Magnolia, the sister company of financier 2929 Productions, has become the default distributor.  According to THR, since December the movie has had private screenings featuring three different cuts.  One buyer said, “The film was so edited, it made no sense,” and another claimed the performances were “uneven, particularly Lawrence’s [descent into madness].”  At this point, Serena is now a morbid curiosity, and we’ll get to see it in the U.S. in early 2015.

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