Bradley Cooper Will Be John Wells' Chef

By Nick Venable 2013-05-02 23:07:22discussion comments
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It was ridiculously exciting to hear the recent news about Jon Favreau going indie again with his film Chef, which he’d be starring in. But that was so last week. Now here’s another movie called Chef making waves, and it sounds almost as intriguing.

Even though the ridiculously well-cast drama August: Osage County still hasn’t been released – it’s coming out in November – The Weinstein Company is reteaming with its director John Wells for a character drama titled Chef. And take this with a grain of salt, given recent events, but Deadline reports Bradley Cooper is set to be the titular chef. Chances are he’ll have to postpone his Broadway revival of The Elephant Man .

Working rom a seemingly clichéd script written by Steven Knight, Cooper will be playing Adam Jones, a Paris chef on the rise who temporarily throws his life into chaos with booze and drugs before sobering up and coming back better than ever, devoted to running a Michelin star-earning restaurant. Cooper’s interest arose when he got an early look at August: Osage County, which stars Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin and Chris Cooper, and then some. Wells is obviously comfortable directing talent. We’ll have to wait and see how audiences feel about it.

It’s worth noting that Cooper has already portrayed one of the most famous chefs in the world, Anthony Bordain, in the short-lived but hilarious Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential, which was based on Bordain’s best-selling memoir. Granted, Cooper played a very watered-down network television version of the rough-edged chef, but this could be a second chance to find that energy and put it into his food. I mean his acting.
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