Asheville’s Mountain Xpress reports that Ron Rash’s bestselling novel, Serena, is being made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Rashâ€™s Depression-era novel tells the story of a timber baron, George Pemberton, and his ruthless wife, Serena, who move to Western North Carolina to create a business empire. When Serena finds out she cannot bear children, her anger becomes directed toward her husbandâ€™s illegitimate son.”
The film will be shot in and around Asheville,Â which was recentlyÂ the location for the upcoming book-turned-movie, The Hunger Games, also–coincidentally–starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Ron Rash is the winner of many awards, and the author of four prize-winning novels; four collections of poems; four collections of stories; and a children’s book. A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.