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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to star in the adaptation of the Ron Rash novel Serena

01.31.2012
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I'm using a computer right now that doesn't have my usual image editing software, so forgive me for settling on the ugly pic above of a trash bag shirt-wearing Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the new stars of the upcoming adaptation SERENA.

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK co-stars (from where the above image is from) will reunite under the direction of Susanne Bier (IN A BETTER WORLD) for an adaptation of the Ron Rash novel "where young newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton move to build a timber empire. Their ambition is all-consuming and dangerous — neither is afraid to kill or destroy anyone who opposes them — but they're turned against each other when Serena finds she can't bear children and then launches a deadly vendetta against her husband's illegitimate son." That sounds like something with a lot of meaty dramatic potential. The film once had Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie attached to direct and star respectively. Imagine what that one would've been like.

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the novel (via Amazon): The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.
Source: Vulture

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6:40PM on 01/31/2012
Kind of sounds like 'War of the Roses' set 50 years earlier.
Kind of sounds like 'War of the Roses' set 50 years earlier.
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10:55AM on 01/31/2012
Sounds like a "Ther Will Be Blood" kind of affair. Ruthless, self-made men (and women) looking to carve out their little world at any cost. Sounds like my kind of movie. I'm a fan of Bier, Cooper and Lawrence, but Cooper is definitely inspired casting. Here's hoping he can pull it off without just being smug.
Sounds like a "Ther Will Be Blood" kind of affair. Ruthless, self-made men (and women) looking to carve out their little world at any cost. Sounds like my kind of movie. I'm a fan of Bier, Cooper and Lawrence, but Cooper is definitely inspired casting. Here's hoping he can pull it off without just being smug.
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9:58AM on 01/31/2012
So, it's MacBeth in North Carolina.
So, it's MacBeth in North Carolina.
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3:00PM on 01/31/2012
Yea, except in Macbeth the wife was only involved in one murder and then killed herself out of guilt and Macbeth never had an illegitimate family and wait... Nope, not like Macbeth at all
Yea, except in Macbeth the wife was only involved in one murder and then killed herself out of guilt and Macbeth never had an illegitimate family and wait... Nope, not like Macbeth at all
7:34AM on 01/31/2012
That pic of Bradley Cooper in a trash-bag shirt is hilarious!
Kinda makes it hard for me to see him making this movie but hey, maybe the screen writers might adjust the script to match his wild-swagger character trait.
Then again if Angelina Jolie & Darren Aronofsky where involved, I would have no doubt he'd hold his own in this flick with no adjustment to the script whatsoever.
That pic of Bradley Cooper in a trash-bag shirt is hilarious!
Kinda makes it hard for me to see him making this movie but hey, maybe the screen writers might adjust the script to match his wild-swagger character trait.
Then again if Angelina Jolie & Darren Aronofsky where involved, I would have no doubt he'd hold his own in this flick with no adjustment to the script whatsoever.
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6:23AM on 01/31/2012
Can't really imagine Bradley Cooper in a role like this, but I'll keep an open mind. Besides we already know Lawrence can handle a tough, no nonsense, independent kind of character like this one sounds to be.
Can't really imagine Bradley Cooper in a role like this, but I'll keep an open mind. Besides we already know Lawrence can handle a tough, no nonsense, independent kind of character like this one sounds to be.
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