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'Serena' First Look: See Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in 1929 Splendor

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2012 at 5:14PM

Bradley Cooper and current "Hunger Games" it-girl Jennifer Lawrence are starting production on 2929 Productions' "Serena" in Prague. Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (“In a Better World,” “Things We Lost in the Fire”) directing the screenplay by Christopher Kyle (“Alexander”), who adapted Ron Rash's 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-nominated novel.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in 'Serena'
Photo by Larry Horricks. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in 'Serena'

Bradley Cooper and current "Hunger Games" it-girl Jennifer Lawrence are starting production on 2929 Productions'  "Serena" in Prague. Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (“In a Better World,” “Things We Lost in the Fire”) directing the screenplay by Christopher Kyle (“Alexander”), who adapted Ron Rash's 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-nominated novel.

"Serena" tells the story of two newlyweds (Cooper and Lawrence) who move from Boston to the wild mountains of North Carolina in 1929 to start a timber empire. They happily reign over their dominion until Serena discovers that she cannot bear a child. At that point things take a dramatic turn, as she sets out to find George's illegitimate son.

The film also features Toby Jones (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “My Week with Marilyn”) and Rhys Ifans (“Skyfall,” “The Amazing Spider Man”).

This article is related to: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Susanne Bier, Susanne Bier


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.