Who will be left standing by...August?
Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans
Release Date: TBD
Festival Speculation: Venice, Telluride, Toronto
Why: The last time Bradley Cooper and recent Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence paired up, things worked out pretty well Oscar-wise. Add respected Danish auteur Susanne Bier, whose 2010 film “In a Better World” won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and the promise of a prestige period drama, and “Serena” could be in for a similar success. Cooper plays a North Carolina timber-industry heir in the Great Depression whose legacy is threatened by his wife's (Lawrence) infertility. Bier's last foray into English-language filmmaking, “Things We Lost in the Fire” (2007), reaped remarkable performances but little credit for them; perhaps this time the film will be more worthy of its cast.
- Guy Lodge