Jennifer Lawrence Film Too Dark for Release in U.S.?

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in yet another film together, but unlike Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, this one might not be released to theaters in the U.S. Called Serena, the film has a premiere date set for U.K. theaters. Some speculate the subject matter might simply be too dark for U.S. audiences.

Serena tells the tale of a lumber baron--played by Bradley Cooper--with Jennifer Lawrence in the role of his strong-willed wife. Lawrence runs the business along side her husband and the two get along famously until she learns she cannot bear him a child. Derailing into a bit of a mentally ill abyss, Lawrence's character decides to kill her husband's ex-wife and take his child to raise as her own.

The film was to star Angelina Jolie, but she dropped out. Jennifer Lawrence won the role and suggested Bradley Cooper for the role of her husband. The two shot the film between March and May of 2012.

In addition to the dark material featured in Serena, the filming took place in Prague against a backdrop of aircraft noise. This required a lot of dubbing. Jennifer Lawrence was too expensive to hire for a day's worth of filming for the dubbing, thus further delaying the release of the film.

Fans of Jennifer Lawrence would no doubt love to see her on the big screen playing opposite Bradley Cooper once again. And since the dynamic is completely different in Serena than in Sliver Linings Playbook, all stereotypes would likely be shot down right away.

It will be interesting to learn what becomes of Serena--and to find out whether or not Jennifer Lawrence winds up winning awards for her role in the film that may not even make it to U.S. theaters.

Does the subject matter of this film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper sound like something U.S. viewers would find uncomfortably dark for entertainment viewing? Maybe Lawrence's British boyfriend, Coldplay's Chris Martin, can explain why those in the U.K. can handle such subject matter but Americans can't.

Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, opens in the U.K. in October.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.