We’ve seen some set photos of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Prague filming their second collaboration, but today we have a crystal clear look at the first official image from Susanna Bier’s “Serena.” This time around, the “Silver Linings Playbook” co-stars play newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton, who rise to prominence in the lumber industry in 1920s North Carolina. When Pemberton’s illegitimate family threatens Serena’s ambitions, she turns her murderous agenda against them.
Collider posted the first official image, showing Lawrence and Cooper all glammed up as the lumber tycoons that rule over North Carolina, but as we know from the set photos, their ascension to the top is a bit dirtier and bloodier than this photo would suggest.
The full image plus official press release are below.
LOS ANGELES – April 11, 2012 – Production has commenced in Prague on 2929 and Studiocanal Productions’ highly anticipated movie “Serena” directed by Oscar®-winner Susanne Bier (“In a Better World,” “Things We Lost in the Fire”) from a screenplay by Christopher Kyle (“Alexander”). The film stars Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone,” “The Hunger Games”), Bradley Cooper (“Limitless,” “The Hangover”), Toby Jones (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “My Week with Marilyn”) and Rhys Ifans (“Skyfall,” “The Amazing Spider Man”). “Serena” 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. Studiocanal co-financed the project with 2929 and is handling all foreign sales.
The film follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they 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.
“2929 is thrilled to bring Ron Rash’s epic American novel to the big screen,” Cosgrove said. “Audiences are drawn to great stories with authentic characters – with this amazing cast and a director of Susanne’s caliber 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.
“We are very happy to be partnering with 2929 again,” said Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studiocanal. “Susanne Bier is a director we all greatly admire at Studiocanal, so to be able to finance and distribute her next film is a great pleasure for us. And like any filmgoer, we are very excited to see Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence together in this epic film.”