The Mumbai Film Festival has finally got its opening film. Mirror has learnt that the Bradley Cooper- Jennifer Lawrence starrer, ‘Serena’, will have its premiere in Mumbai on the festival’s opening day, October 14. Helmed by Danish director Sussane Bier, best known for the Oscar-winning film ‘In a Better World’, the film is an adaptation of American author Ron Rash’s novel by the same name.

The American-French production is a romantic period drama set in the Depression-hit North Carolina of 1930s with Cooper and Lawrence playing newlyweds whose lives are upturned when Lawrence’s titular character learns that she is unable to conceive and takes the anger out on her husband’s illegitimate son.
Confirming the news that Serena will open MAMI’s 2014 edition, festival director Srinivasan Narayanan told Mirror, “We wanted to start on a romantic note, so Serena, which is a gorgeous romantic period piece, became a unanimous choice. The film hasn’t released anywhere across the globe as yet.” Interestingly, Serena was to feature Angelina Jolie in the lead role and was to be directed by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. But the project never kicked off with that pairing, landing instead with Lawrence and Cooper, who have already collaborated on two Oscar nominated films, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

When asked if the two stars will be seen in the city on the opening night, Narayanan said, “An official invitation has been extended to them and efforts are on to bring the cast to Mumbai. We will have complete clarity in the coming week. Director Sussane Bier is likely to be present for the premiere.”

Source: Times of India