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We just got finished watching them do the endless awards circuit together, but Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence already have another reunion planned. Oh wait, make that two reunions. Apparently because their chemistry together on Silver Linings Playbook was very much unforced, the two will be reuniting not only with Silver Linings director David O. Russell for an untitled thriller based on a real-life political scandal, but for a period drama called Serena.
That first one, which also has Christian Bale in the cast, doesn't go into production until later this year, but Serena was shot last year, before Lawrence had to go into work on the production of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. At the time production started the company released a still image of Cooper and Lawrence together and in costume, but for some reason we never ran it-- maybe because Silver Linings hadn't come out yet and we didn't realize how much we love seeing them together? Anyway, why not bring you the image now on this slow post-Oscar Friday. Take a look below:
As you can tell Serena brings Cooper and Lawrence to the past, and once again they're playing a couple, though this time a lot more put together than Silver Linings' Pat and Tiffany. They play a pair of newlyweds building a timber empire in North Carolina in 1929, but lest you think Lawrence is playing some woman suffering under the yoke of men in the past, check out how her character shakes out in the official plot description:
Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.
The film is based on the novel by Ron Rash, which you can check out here if you're so inclined, and is directed by Susanne Bier, who made the Best Foreign Language Film-nominated In A Better World. Both Lawrence and Cooper have incredibly promising careers ahead of them thanks to all this Oscar buzz, and it's pretty remarkable to see that they're not just moving on to great projects, but great projects together. Will there come a point where we wonder how the two of them ever acted separately? Are they going to find a role for Cooper in The Hunger Games somehow?
There's no release date in place for Serena, but depending on how the schedules on Russell's film works out, we might be able to expect Serena in theaters later this year.