The Murder Games: First look at Jennifer Lawrence as Bradley Cooper’s beautiful killer wife

October 16, 2023

This is the first glimpse of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in character for their new film, Serena.

It shows the 21-year-old as a beautiful new wife in the late ’20s as she embarks upon building a life with her handsome husband, played by Bradley Cooper,37.

The role is quite different to that of inspiring, plucky heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games… and much darker.


The film also stars Academy Award nominee Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans.

Serena is based on Ron Rash’s acclaimed novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

The story follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929.

According to the film’s 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, pᴀssionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.’

Lawrence has come under fire for her portrayal as Everdeen, with reviewers claiming she was too ‘big-boned’ for the role.

However, actress laughed off the critics responses calling it ‘hilarious.’

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the actress told a friend: ‘First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticising me for looking normal.

She went on to say that super thin body images ‘are too often adopted by young girls and women – thanks to what they are constantly being shown as being attractive.’

Critics of the film feel that the Lawrence was larger than the book’s original character – who is supposed to be poor and hungry.

According to the Sun Times, one reporter referred to Lawrence as having ‘lingering baby fat.’

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