Though Lionsgate is undoubtedly scrambling to find a director for the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire before production begins this fall, star Jennifer Lawrence is currently busy shooting the thriller Serena. The first image from the film, featuring Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, has been released along with the announcement that production has commenced in Prague. The pic is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling Ron Rash novel about George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence), a 1930s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena to plot the murder of George’s illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government.
Hit the jump to check out the image and full press release. Directed by Susanne Bier (In a Better World) the film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans.
Director Susanne Bier (In a Better World) has just landed two more quality actors for her timber-empire thriller, Serena. Rhys Ifans (Anonymous) is currently in negotiations and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) is set to join a cast that already features Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class). Serena is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling Ron Rash novel about George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence), a 1930s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena to plot the murder of George’s illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government. Hit the jump for more on Ifans and Jones’ characters.
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.
THR reports that director Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie may adapt Ron Rash’s novel, Serena. After reading the Reporter’s description of the book, it’s not difficult to see why Aronofsky or Jolie finds the material appealing:
Set in the rugged mountains of 1929 North Carolina, “Serena” follows a man named George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they create a timber empire. Serena not only takes to the woods, but she also pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless acts. When she learns she cannot bear a child, Serena sets out to murder the son her husband fathered illegitimately.
So it looks like you have the tone of There Will Be Blood except with Jolie in the power-mad Daniel Plainview role. As we reported last week, Jolie had dropped out of Wanted 2 and it looked like she had replaced it with Gravity, a space thriller from Alfonso Cuarón, the director’s first film since 2006′s brilliant Children of Men. EW then reported that Jolie passed on doing Gravity, so perhaps Selena is what she has her eye on (which would be an acceptable reason for passing up the chance to work with Cuarón). However, THR says Jolie could also to choose to star in a movie based on author Patricia Cornwall’s crime-solving medical examiner Kay Scarpetta (which would be an unacceptable reason). Universal says Wanted 2 isn’t dead without Jolie, but I’m more interested in discovering which project she’ll bring to life.