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New Images Of Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper In Susanne Bier's 'Serena'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 31, 2014 9:02 AM
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Shot before "American Hustle," but still unreleased, a big question mark remains stamped on Susanne Bier's "Serena" starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. We know that Steven Soderbergh watched some version of it in 2013, but since the first image dropped in 2012, there has been pretty much total silence. Late last year, reports surfaced that the movie had been quietly screening for distributors, but it says something that months later, there has been no official deal announced, even though heavyweights like The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight has been circling. So, is it a troubled production or just a director trying to get it right?

"Actually, it was just the opposite," an unnamed source told THR about the 18-month post-production on the film. "There were no reshoots or anything like that. It was just a real precision edit because the story is about a woman's descent into madness. And Susanne is a total perfectionist."

Until we know more, a batch of new images from the film have been dug up online, showing off more of the Depression-era tale. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the story centers on George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they set out to North Carolina to create a timber empire. Their successful, ruthless reign in the mountains becomes complicated when Serena discovers her inability to bear children, setting her on a vengeful path against George's illegitimate son. 

The material and premise certainly sound great, but again, there's no distributor or release date set yet, though a random "The Hunger Games" fansite claims it will drop on September 27th. Until there's more news, check out the images below. [Richard Bridgland and HungerGames.net via The Film Stage]

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18 Comments

  • Hanna | April 27, 2014 8:39 PMReply

    I can't be sure but I have a feeling the hold up may have something to due with the supposed graphic sex scenes. Cooper was on Howard Stern telling him the sex scenes were very graphic plus the violence so I'm wondering if maybe Jen or her team are reconsidering this since it would be far from her image? I could be totally wrong. Your guess is as good as mine. I'm puzzled too.

  • TommyDEAN | April 2, 2014 8:19 PMReply

    Seriously? people can't understand that it was just an excuse and the real reason was to favor JEN and Bradley and of course the movie for the oscars 2015? I think this movie could have been released in 2012/2013 but wasn't because obviously Silver Linings and Hustle, in which both actors star, were released one after the other…So that was a smart choice and clearly the only choice for Bier to 'be a perfectionist'.
    People should stop acting so stupid and try to use their brain at least once in their lives.
    This movie is going to be amazing because Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley and other talented actors are in it and Susanne Bier is an amazing director, END OF THE STORY.
    AND by the way, JENNIFER LAWRENCE = BEST ACTRESS EVER

    And for the second time THE OSCAR GOES TO….JENNIFER LAWRENCE!!!

  • Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah | April 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    The award season is not even started yet and you????????????????
    have some life men. seriously
    I mean it. SERIOUSLY

  • JJ | April 2, 2014 12:19 PMReply

    I don't understand this movie. From what I can tell, what they say is true. Every distributor has seen it, including the ones that particularly love Jlaw, but no one has picked it up. VERY slow apparently, but I don't know if that's the only critique. As for the perfectionism, Bier has already shot, cut, and screened new movies since Serena wrapped and has already collected good buzz for one of her newer ones, so why this one out of all her projects has required 2 years of tweeking seems strange to me. I'm not saying that this is for sure going to be bad, but I'm on the puzzled train too. It seemed like a slam dunk on paper.

    I also read Serena is allegedly set to premiere in Mexico next month. I don't know if that is still true, cause I'd imagine they still need a distributor. Again, puzzled.

  • Alexa | April 2, 2014 3:00 PM

    Heard the same thing from David Poland re the distributors.

    The tweet about Serena's May 2014 release in Mexico through Corazon films is also legit. Weird that no one (including indiewire) is catching this or that it's not a bigger deal, considering new Lawrence/Cooper drama is set to debut for the first time ever in as little as 30 days.

  • M | April 1, 2014 9:26 PMReply

    I am so sick of these two actors. Just go away for like a year and give us all a break.

  • elena | March 31, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    the production designer has removed the photos (and movie reference) from his website. such a tease! get this movie showing already!

  • Jules | March 31, 2014 8:48 PMReply

    Actually, the character of Serena is 27 when the story begins and Lawrence was 21 when it was filmed. I think Jennifer Lawrence looks the part...incredibly so, in fact.

  • N | March 31, 2014 7:21 PMReply

    I love Jennifer and Bradley Cooper...and yet they seem oddly off for this. Especially Jennifer, who would have only been about 22 at the time it was filmed.

  • M. | March 31, 2014 6:04 PMReply

    Looks great!...loved the book. I am really looking forward to this...damn, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper look exactly as I pictured, very true to the book.

  • Jud | March 31, 2014 1:13 PMReply

    looks terrible.

  • Lolita | March 31, 2014 11:41 AMReply

    Why hasn't there been news of this?? I will watch this even if its so awful.

  • El Hanso | March 31, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    I like Jennifer Lawrence and am still interested in this film, despite the alarmingly long no-news phase. But sometimes I feel Lawrence kind of has a 21st-century kind of face. She seems a little off, at least in these pictures.

  • M. | March 31, 2014 6:06 PM

    I think Jennifer Lawrence is rocking the 30's look...it suits her.

  • dian | March 31, 2014 10:24 AMReply

    Yea! I can't wait to see this production!
    It looks really good; the mystery about the movie been release or not before I have no idea but one thing is for certain Bier is an excellent director, Jennifer Lawrence would do justice to Serena since this gal is amazing and Bradley Cooper will do the same with Pemberton.

    I read the book and it is fantastic story though in the dark side a little.

    The pictures look great!

  • JJ | March 31, 2014 10:03 AMReply

    wow.. costumes and production design look truly amazing!
    I really like the book, the source material is nothing better,, way darker though.
    I think Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper look really well in that period drama.

  • Liz | March 31, 2014 9:20 AMReply

    The costumes and production design look fantastic.

  • Athena | March 31, 2014 9:55 AM

    @LIZ: Regarding the costumes, production designs, yes, they certainly do look fantastic and makes me very excited to see the film. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper look look amazing as well....exactly as I pictured Serena and George Pemberton when reading the book.

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