Wahlberg was to re-team with director David O. Russell for it, but scheduling conflicts mean he’s had to withdraw, and now Cooper is in talks to fill what’s shaping up to be another great role for him.
Like most people will know by now, Cooper really took off on the big screen back in 2009 starring in The Hangover. He played Face in last year’s The A-Team film, and has starred this year in two very successful films, Limitless and The Hangover: Part II, the former being really well received, especially concerning Cooper’s performance, and the latter being one of the year’s highest grossing films so far.
He’s been working recently on The Words, opposite Olivia Wilde, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, and John Hannah, and is currently filming The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, which is a film to look forward to in 2013. And on top of that, he’s also going to be taking on one of literature’s most epic anti-heroes in Paradise Lost, based on Milton’s poem, playing Lucifer. We saw the first image for the film last week at Comic-Con, and it looked pretty sweet.
With 2011 being such a great year for Cooper, it looks like he’s going to have another few great years lined up for himself, which is excellent to see. As we heard at the end of last month, fellow young rising star Jennifer Lawrence, who played Mystique in this year’s X-Men: First Class and will be leading the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games, will be joining the cast of The Silver Linings Playbook as the female lead. And there’s also now talk of Robert De Niro, who worked with Cooper on Limitless, starring in the film as well.
“The Silver Linings Playbook revolves around a former high school teacher (Cooper) who was institutionalized for depression and then released into the care of his mother. He tries to win back his ex-wife but becomes involved with an eccentric neighbor (Lawrence) with problems of her own.”
Having such a great cast, with as brilliant a director as Russell attached, can only mean great things for this project. I must admit, I was looking forward to seeing Wahlberg and Russell working together again after their brilliant partnership on The Fighter, but I’m nonetheless really looking forward to this film. I’m a big fan of what Cooper’s worked on so far, and I’m interested to see the roles he’ll be taking on next. Both he and The Silver Linings Playbook definitely have a lot of potential working in their favour. We were able to get a great interview with Cooper for the release of Limitless on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, and it’s a really interesting read; you can just tell that this man is destined for even greater things.