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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.

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Vulture has the scoop on Cooper and Lawrence teaming up for Serena, which will see Lawrence back to working on indie turf (a la Winter’s Bone, The Beaver, Like Crazy) after her recent turns in big-budgeted fare such as The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class.

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Similarly, Serena will be just the latest gloomy character-oriented drama to feature Cooper in some capacity – following on the heels of this year’s Sundance breakout flick, The Words, and Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which is due to hit theaters later in 2012.

That is to say: Cooper and Lawrence really are more than just pretty faces that pop up in commercial Hollywood productions. This will also be the case with Silver Linings Playbook, in which the two also play a dysfunctional couple – though, in Russell’s film, they’ll be portraying a comical pair of oddballs (as opposed to the back-stabbing spouses from Serena).

Cooper and Lawrence on the 'Silver Linings Playbook' set

The unscrupulous George and conniving Serena both sound like roles that Cooper and Lawrence are well fit for handling, respectively – with the latter character (who almost sounds like a female version of Daniel Plainview from There Will be Blood) being the really “juicy” part that should allow Lawrence to truly flex her complex acting muscles.

Similarly, having a 21-year-old actress handle the titular role could result in a more interesting portrayal of a woman denied the opportunity to become a mother – as opposed to having a more matured starlet (like the 36-year-old Jolie) take on the part. So, again, Lawrence is an intriguing choice, if only for that reason.

Bier, as mentioned before, is know for crafting melancholic tales about damaged people – so, her working on Serena sounds promising enough. Aronofsky’s name might’ve helped attract more attention, but it is certainly possible that Bier will ultimately prove to be the better fit for bringing this troubling tale to cinematic life.

Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.

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