Serena Begins Production, First Photo

Production has commenced in Prague on Susanne Bier’s “Serena” from 2929 and Studiocanal Productions.

An adaptation of Ron Rash’s acclaimed novel of the same name, the film follows newlyweds George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929.

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, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

Bier (“In a Better World,” “Things We Lost in the Fire”) helms the project from a screenplay by Christopher Kyle (“Alexander”). Toby Jones (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “My Week with Marilyn”) and Rhys Ifans (“Skyfall,” “The Amazing Spider Man”) also star.

Ben Cosgrove, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz and Nick Wechsler will produce.