Even ‘A’ list names like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper can get caught up in apparent film distribution problems, for example their other “pairing” film, Serena, has not been set up to be released in the U.S. There has been a premiere date set for the United Kingdom but no sign of a premiere date for the land across the pond.
Cinema Blend’s Sean O’Connell asked whether the problem might just be down to the film being too bad to promote in the U.S. It is a valid question. Before addressing possibly addressing this supposition, it would not hurt to look at the other two “pairings” of Cooper and Lawrence.
The first film that featured this magic duo was the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook. Both the actors played characters who had mental issues and despite the fact that their problems were not similar, the interaction between Jennifer and Bradley made sparks fly. The film did well enough at the various award events and landed Lawrence the Best Actress gong at the 2013 Oscars.
Lawrence and Cooper then appeared in American Hustle. The David O. Russell film did very well at all the big awards ceremonies except the Oscars with 10 nominations and zero wins. In between the two Hollywood films, Lawrence and her co-star worked on the Susanne Bier directed movie which was filmed between March and May 2012.
The film had Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie attached to it originally and after both dropped out, the director was replaced with Bier and Lawrence got Jolie’s role. In the trivia section of IMDb, it is pointed out that Jennifer Lawrence then suggested Bradley Cooper for the part of her husband in the film. As to the quality of the film being the reason that it has not been released in the U.S. yet, perhaps British film critics will shed some light on that in October.
There has been some speculation that the story may be too dark for American consumption. The tale is about a lumber baron (Cooper) from up north who moves to the South. His strong willed wife (Lawrence) runs the company by his side and all is well until it is discovered that she cannot have children.
This devastating news causes Lawrence’s character to “go off the rails” a bit and she decides to murder her husband’s first wife and take the child that he sired with his her.
Very dark indeed.
As to whether this is the reason for the two year delay or not may be up for debate. The film’s director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Brothers) claims that at least some of the delay was caused by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Although to be fair, the other film was an indirect contributor.
Bier has said that Serena required a lot of dubbing due to aircraft noise at the shooting location at Prague. Everyone, except for Lawrence, could make the sessions because, again according to the director, the busy actress only had about two days off in 2013.
Apparently, the producers of the Cooper and Lawrence film offered to “buy” Jennifer out of one day’s filming to do the required post dubbing work. Sadly this turned out to be so expensive, essentially more than the budget of the entire Bradley and Jennifer reunion movie, that the offer was withdrawn. While this explains why the film has spent so long in post production, it does not explain why it has not been released in the U.S. or even scheduled for release. Hopefully the project will eventually make its way over to Lawrence’s American fans.
By Michael Smith