Serena (2014 film)

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Official Poster of Serena
Directed by Susanne Bier
Produced by

Ben Cosgrove
Mark Cuban
Steve Schwartz
Paula Mae Schwartz
Todd Wagner

Nick Wechsler
Screenplay by Christopher Kyle
Based on Serena 
by Ron Rash
Starring Jennifer Lawrence
Bradley Cooper
Music by Johan Soderovist
Cinematography Morten Søborg
Edited by Pernille Bech Christensen
Matthew Newman
Simon Webb
Release dates
  • 13 October 2014 (2014-10-13) (BFI London Film Festival)
  • 24 October 2014 (2014-10-24) (United Kingdom and Romania)
  • 12 November 2014 (2014-11-12) (France)
  • 27 November 2014 (2014-11-27) (Australia)
  • 18 December 2014 (2014-12-18) (Germany)
Country United States
Czech Republic
Language English
Budget $25-30 million[1]

Serena is an upcoming American drama film based upon the novel of the same name by American author Ron Rash.[2] Directed by Susanne Bier, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as newlyweds running a timber business in 1930s North Carolina.

The film is due to premiere at BFI London Film Festival[3] and released in the UK on October 24, 2014,[4] in France on November 12, Australia on November 27, and Germany on December 18.[5]


In Depression-era North Carolina, George Pemberton struggles to maintain the future of his timber empire. His life becomes more complicated when he learns his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.[6][7][8]



The film was originally to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, with Angelina Jolie as the title character. Bier replaced Aronofsky and became the new director of the film. Lawrence recommended Bradley Cooper for the project. They had worked together previously on Silver Linings Playbook and they got along so well that they often spoke about working together again in the future. When Lawrence read the script for Serena, she sent a copy to Cooper and asked if he would do it with her. He agreed and Susanne Bier cast him as George Pemberton.

This is the third project starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and this is the second time they are playing love interests.

Filming took place in the Czech Republic at Barrandov Studios from March 26 to May 2012.[1] Bier took more than 18 months to complete the film, but there were no re-shoots or problems in post-production.[9] Bier also had to take time away to promote Love Is All You Need.[10]


First photos of the movie were revealed on April 1 and the first posters on the end of June.

The first official trailer and a poster was released on September 12, 2014.[11]


  1. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff; Oldham, Stuart (March 8, 2012). "Rhys Ifans lands role in timber-epic ‘Serena’". Variety (PMC). Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Smith, Zack (February 20, 2013). "Ron Rash discusses the craft of the short story and the complexity of Appalachian speech". Indy Week. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bernstein, Rachel (September 12, 2014). "Watch: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Share Secrets and Blood in First 'Serena' Trailer". Indiewire. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Brevet, Brad (September 12, 2014). "New Picture of Jennifer Lawrence in 'Serena', Which is Hitting UK Theaters in October". Rope of Silicon. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Are Headed To ‘Serena’". ScreenRant. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "See Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in Serena". People. December 4, 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Buchanan, Kyle; Brodesser-Akner, Claude (January 30, 2012). "Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence Reteam for Serena". Vulture. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Tatiana Siegel (25 November 2013). "New Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper Movie Quietly Shopped to Buyers". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Norman Wilner (September 13, 2013). "Susanne Bier gives herself a little break". MSN. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Anderton, Ethan (September 12, 2014). "Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in Delayed 'Serena' First Trailer". Retrieved September 15, 2014. 

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