Ifans, Jones Join Bier’s “Serena”

Rhys Ifans is in negotiations and Toby Jones is set to join “In a Better World” helmer Susanne Bier’s $25-30 million adaptation of Ron Rash’s novel “Serena” for 2929 Entertainment and Studiocanal says Variety.

Set in the mountains of 1920’s North Carolina, Bradley Cooper plays a married timber baron while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife. Said wife battles the government to save their lands and engineers the murder of her husband’s illegitimate son.

Ifans is in talks to play Galloway, a vicious Appalachian guide who becomes Serena’s muscle after she saves him. Jones is set to play Sheriff McDowell who pursues Cooper’s character.

Nick Wechsler , Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove are producing. Shooting kicks off in Prague on March 26th.