Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper film 'Serena' to debut at London fest

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The past two years, Oscar season has played host to a Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence collaboration, but the two made another movie together, and it’s finally being shown. Serena, directed by Susanne Bier, is part of the lineup for the BFI London Film Festival, making what appears to be its world premiere, according to The Playlist. The film will make its festival stop before being released on Oct. 24 in the U.K. It still does not have a U.S. date.

Cooper and Lawrence filmed the movie, which takes place in Depression-era North Carolina, back in March 2012 after they completed Silver Linings Playbook but before they re-teamed with David O. Russell for American Hustle. According to a Hollywood Reporter story from last year, the movie was being shopped to buyers and “generating frenzied interest” from the likes of Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company because of (yet another) impressive performance from Lawrence. But there have also been lingering questions about the movie’s quality, considering how long it has taken to get out to the public. An insider told THR, however, that Oscar winner Bier is simply “a total perfectionist.”

In the film, based on a 2008 novel by Ron Rash, Cooper plays a timber mogul. Lawrence plays his wife, the title character, who the New Yorker described as a “Depression-era Lady Macbeth.” The London Film Festival’s summary says that “Lawrence in particular is a treat, playing Serena with an evil eye Bette Davis might have envied.”

The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which was received well at Telluride, will open the festival, and Fury, a WWII drama with Brad Pitt, will close it.

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