Between 2011 and 2013, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made three films together. Two of those, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both from director David O. Russell, have already come and gone. But the last, Susanne Bier‘s Serena, is only now preparing for a theatrical bow.

Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena stars Lawrence and Cooper as a married couple overseeing a timber empire in 1920s North Carolina. But when the wife makes some unpleasant discoveries, their relationship takes some dark turns. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.

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Serena US release

You’d think a historical drama starring a white-hot Oscar nominee and an even hotter Oscar winner would have no trouble getting released in the U.S. But in the case of Susanne Bier‘s Serena, you’d be wrong.

The Jennifer Lawrence / Bradley Cooper pic started shooting all the way back in 2012 and has only now found an American distributor, who plans to dump the movie in early 2015. Ouch. Hit the jump for more Serena US release details.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

For a while there, it seemed like you couldn’t get a movie made without Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence getting involved, often at the same time. The pair shot three films together in about two years: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and Susanne Bier‘s Serena.

The first two of those have already opened to great acclaim, but the third remained stuck in post-production for quite a long time. It’s only now making its way to theaters, and not even U.S. theaters at that. Thankfully, it looks worth the wait. The first Serena trailer has just hit, and you can check it out after the jump.

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It was just last month that we watched Jennifer Lawrence playing a scared but tough teenager in The Hunger Games, but the talented young actress is already moving on to more grown-up fare. This fall will see her starring opposite Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook, and the pair have now reunited for Susanne Bier‘s Serena.

But while the cast of the two films may be similar, that seems to be about all they have in common. Whereas The Silver Linings Playbook looks like it has a healthy dose of that offbeat Russell humor, Serena looks like grim stuff indeed. Cooper and Lawrence play a ruthless Depression-era married couple who turn against each other, with horrifying results. Check out the first image and read the synopsis after the jump.

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After starring with Ben Affleck in last year’s The Company Men, Rosemarie DeWitt is now set to work with Affleck’s BFF Matt Damon in Promised Land. DeWitt has landed the female lead in the “Capraesque” tale, which Gus Van Sant will direct. The script comes from Damon and John Krasinski, based on a story Krasinski cooked up with Dave Eggers. As previously reported, Damon will lead the cast as a sales exec who begins to question his whole life after arriving in a small town, while Krasinski will play a rival exec. DeWitt’s role has not been revealed at this time.

DeWitt’s other upcoming roles include three films due out this summer: Your Sister’s Sister, Neighborhood Watch, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. In addition, she has a role in the drama Nobody Walks, which also stars Krasinksi and is expected to hit theaters this year. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones get involved in Jennifer Lawrence’s war against Bradley Cooper.

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He’s the current sexiest man alive, she’s about to make men drool as a bad ass action star and, together, they’ve already got a movie scheduled for release this year. Now, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are reteaming to make Serena, based on a 2008 novel by Ron Rash. Directed by Award-winning director Susanne Bier (Brothers, After the Wedding), Serena is about a greedy couple who, in 1929, turn against each other when the wife learns she can’t have children. It was previously in development with director Darren Aronofsky and star Angelina Jolie. Read more after the jump. Read More »


First we heard that Angelina Jolie opted out of a Wanted sequel to star in Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller Gravity. But then we learned that Gravity might not be next for Jolie after all (although I’ve heard she’s still in talks). Now The Hollywood Reporter has word that Jolie is in talks was filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler) to develop a big-screen adaptation of Ron Rash‘s 2008 book Serena: A Novel.

Christopher Kyle wrote a screenplay for the project, but the script is said to require more work before both Aronofsky and Jolie would go into production. Kyle penned two movies for Kathryn Bigelow, The Weight of Water and K-19: The Widowmaker, as well as Oliver Stone’s Alexander, and a couple episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street.

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