The fruits of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence‘s collaboration on The Silver Linings Playbook won’t be seen for another ten months or so, but if you’re the optimistic kind, take this news as a hint as to how that’s turned out. According to Vulture, the two are reteaming for Serena, an adaptation of Ron Rash‘s period novel produced by Mark Cuban‘s 2929 Entertainment and set to be directed by In a Better World helmer Susanne Bier. Darren Aronofsky was once circling the project for Angelina Jolie to star — but that didn’t go through and, hence, isn’t really worth discussing.
The gist of the plot goes like this: In 1929 North Carolina, “young newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton move to build a timber empire,” one which makes them unafraid “to kill or destroy anyone who opposes them.” However, when Serena learns of her own infertility, she “launches a deadly vendetta against her husband’s illegitimate son.”
As Vulture sums it up, the titular character is very much a Lady Macbeth-like role for Lawrence — which, you’ll probably feel, is very exciting. Now, how about the project itself? Well, Susanne Bier is something of a black mark (because she’s, like, bad), but I have enough respect and fondness for the two leads — and see some great potential in the story for them — to care in the meantime.
Have you read Serena? What do you think of this group adapting it?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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