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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper team up again for 'Serena'

Jennifer Lawrence will play the titular character, an ambitious wife to Bradley Cooper's character George Pemberton.

By Sandy SchaeferScreen Rant / September 18, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence (r.) and Bradley Cooper (l.) will star in the adaptation of Ron Rash's novel 'Serena.'

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Darren Aronofsky (at one point) had his eye on directing Serena, an adaptation of Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel, with Angelina Jolie in the lead. That’s no longer happening, as the project is instead being adapted for the big screen and helmed by Susanne Bier – a Danish filmmaker whose resume includes broody dramas such as Things We Lost in the Fire and the Foreign Language Oscar-winning In a Better World.

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However, the Serena adaptation has still managed to secure two hot Hollywood talents, in the form of The Hangover star Bradley Cooper and Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence (this year’s The Hunger Games) – a duo who, as it were, is fresh off working on director David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook together.

Serena (the novel) takes place in 1929 North Carolina, where newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel, in order to make their fortune in the timber business. Serena proves herself to be not only a highly-competent boss, but also a fearless pioneer who’s capable of handling anything the wilderness can throw her way. However, Serena’s ambition takes a turn for the dangerous, when she learns that she cannot bear children, and (eventually) thereafter sets out to murder George’s illegitimate son – who he fathered while living in the timber camp, prior to Serena’s arrival - all while the pair’s onetime “passionate” union begins to spiral (dangerously) downward.

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