One of the biggest curiosities as of late in the land of Hollywood is the delayed release of the period drama Serena. Featuring a reteam of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film shot back in spring of 2012, but still is awaiting a premiere, as well as U.S. distribution. We last heard from THR that director Susanne Bier‘s 18-month post-production was recently completed, with a source adding, “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.”
We’ve finally got a batch of new images from the adaptation of Ron Rash‘s Depression Era novel, coming from production designer Richard Bridgland‘s website, as well as a Hunger Games fan site. Featuring new looks at our leads, as well as some of the locales, hopefully it’s a sign a premiere is on the horizon. One can check out the images above and below, as well as a synopsis for the film also starring Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones.
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.
What do you think of the new stills? When do you think we’ll see the film?