If nothing else, director Susanne Bier’s Serena proves that even movies with Hollywood megastars get stuck in development hell now and again. But with it’s 18-month post-production process recently wrapped, we’ve finally gotten a sneak peek at stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in what appears to be a 1930s Depression-era epic.
The new images of Serena come from unlikely sources, including a Hunger Games fan site and production designer Richard Bridgland’s official site. Given the number of images release combined with the choices of stars and locales shown off in them, we probably can expect a premiered date for this one soon—and finally.
Serena follows Cooper and Lawrence as their characters, George and Serena Pemberton, attempt to establish a timber empire in the mountains of North Carolina. The full synopsis, as per a press release for the film:
“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.”
So, basically, think a gangster-styled western for this one—maybe with a psychological thriller twist. No release date yet, though, so keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time, check out some images below: