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Production begins on Serena with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper


Story by Jack Foley

PRODUCTION has commenced on Serena, a new movie starring Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, The Hunger Games) and Bradley Cooper (Limitless, The Hangover).

STUDIOCANAL made the announcement on Monday and released a photo (opposite) of the two stars in costume. Filming is taking place in Prague.

Serena is directed by Oscar®-winner Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in The Fire) from a screenplay by Christopher Kyle (Alexander) and follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) as they travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina to begin to build a timber empire in 1929.

Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness.

Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage.

And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

Serena also stars Toby Jones (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, My Week with Marilyn) and Rhys Ifans (Skyfall, The Amazing Spider Man) and is based on Ron Rash’s acclaimed novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Serena is produced by Ben Cosgrove, 2929 co-owners Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, Chockstone Pictures’ Paula Mae Schwartz and Steve Schwartz, and Nick Wechsler via his Nick Wechsler Productions banner.

Cosgrove commented: “2929 is thrilled to bring Ron Rash’s epic American novel to the big screen. Audiences are drawn to great stories with authentic characters – with this amazing cast and a director of Susanne’s calibre at the helm, we’re confident that moviegoers will find Serena riveting.”

Serena also marks the second collaboration in the last year between 2929 and Studiocanal. The two also partnered on Deadfall starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Sissy Spacek; the film bows later this year.