Remember when Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were both nominated for Academy Awards for Silver Linings Playbook (which netted Lawrence a best actress Oscar)? Then a year later they re-teamed with David O. Russell for the star-studded American Hustle (earning Lawrence another nomination)? How about the depression-era film in which they play newlyweds building a timber empire?
Serena, directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (Best Foreign Language film, In A Better World) was shot two years ago and has yet to screen publicly. How is it possible that a film with that kind of star power has yet to see the light of day? Usually, when something like this occurs, it’s due to a film being god awful. We don’t know that this is the case but it certainly doesn’t look good for Serena. Especially considering it was just announced that the film is set to open on October 24th in the U.K. with more dates to be added across Europe this fall. Yet still nothing for a U.S. release after Magnolia bought the North American rights over a year ago. If the film had anything going for it, would it have been sitting on a shelf, collecting dust this whole time?
The official synopsis:
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s —George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
Who knows if/when we’ll be seeing Serena in the U.S.. Until then take a look at the image below courtesy of Stylist