Another story about Jennifer Lawrence? You bet. With the success of Catching Fire and the highly anticipated upcoming release of American Hustle, J. Law is the one to watch right now. And apparently, if you're watching her, you're also watching Bradley Cooper — today it was announced that Serena, a depression-era period piece starring Lawrence and Cooper that was filmed in 2012, will be hitting the theater circuit for distributors.
The film is based on Ron Rash' novel of the same name; it's an American Gothic tale about a North Carolina man and wife trying to survive the bleak reality of the Great Depression by logging timber, and the descent of Serena into madness. Sounds dark — which is what Lawrence is best at. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the brilliant (and horrifically depressing! do not watch until the days get longer) Winter's Bone. Quick recap: she plays a 17-year-old in the Ozarks who has to take care of her mom and young siblings and her dad's missing because he cooked meth. Not exactly an uplifting film. She was nominated again, and won for, her turn as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, which was her first film with Cooper (he played a bipolar man who befriends Tiffany, and dances with her quite a bit). Their second film together, American Hustle, which also stars a lineup of incredible people with incredible hair (Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner), is one of the flashiest and most talked about movies of the season. In it, J Law plays a con-artist's wife with a short fuse.
I love that Lawrence always takes these crazy characters. Her Katniss is dark and complex, yes, but I like when she goes even darker. And what's darker than a film about timber-loggers in the Great Depression/ a woman going insane? There's bound to be some great scenes of Lawrence with an axe. Serena will premiere next year, if it gets bought—but how could a movie starring Oscar-bait team Cooper-Lawrence NOT get picked up, right?