Jennifer Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, has reached ridiculous amounts of fame after starring as lead character Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” this Spring. The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is a beloved text to its die-hard fans, putting severe pressure on Lawrence’s shoulders to do the book justice. While The Hunger Games trilogy is no stranger to the best seller list, this was not the first time Lawrence has appeared in an adaptation of a highly-acclaimed book and, with “Serena” to debut in 2013, it certainly was not the last.
Lawrence’s 2010 performance in Sundance Film Festival favorite “Winter’s Bone” scored the young actress much praise and an Oscar nomination for “Best Actress.” The film, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell (which I reviewed back in February), was an incredibly successful adaptation, and provided enough detail and depth to make for a phenomenally directed film.
The young actress will take on the lead character Serena, alongside Bradley Cooper, in the film of the same name. Serena, the novel by Ron Rash, is described by the NY Times as “Stark, fierce, dramatic, and gripping from its unforgettable opening paragraph.” Set in 1930’s Great Depression, a young North Carolina couple struggle in more ways than one. The novel was considered a New York Times notable book of the year and currently hold close to a 5-star rating on BarnesandNoble.com. With an endless number of rave reviews, my guess is that Serena will climb the charts as the movie approaches, just as The Hunger Games did.
Jennifer Lawrence has a raw and ruthlessly emotional edge to her acting and I wouldn’t be surprised if “Serena” becomes a chart-topping film. “Serena” is set to be released sometime in 2013.