Silver Linings Playbook May Have Lost Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper Replacing Him?
Back in December, a report came out saying that Bradley Cooper was in talks to star in The Silver Linings Playbook, a film that director David O. Russell had expressed interest in. At the time, however, Russell was also attached to direct the Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and it seemed as though the videogame adaptation was his first priority. Then the news came that Russell was off of Uncharted and was instead focusing his time towards Playbook, quickly signing Mark Wahlberg to star. Now it seems that Wahlberg is unable to do the film, so Cooper is back in the game.
Deadline has learned that Bradley Cooper has reentered talks to star in The Silver Linings Playbook. An adaptation of the novel by Matthew Quick, the Hangover star would play Pat Peoples, a former teacher who has been locked in a mental asylum for four years. Upon his release, he is sent to live with his mother and tries to reconnect with his ex-wife, but has his life complicated by his next door neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence), who has plenty of problems of her own. The article also brings back news that Russell has approached Robert De Niro about a part in the film (it says he is now in talks), though it doesn't say what role the actor would play. De Niro was previously cast in Uncharted before Russell left the project and his script was replaced.
As for why Wahlberg was forced to leave the project, word is that Lawrence's Hunger Games shooting schedule pushed back the start date for The Silver Linings Playbook, which caused a conflict. Sources tell the site that Wahlberg will be using the time to make Broken City with director Allen Hughes instead. In the film, Wahlberg will play a cop-turned-PI who begins working on an investigation of the city's mayor. According to Deadline, Russell Crowe has been offered the antagonist role in the film, though there's no word if he's accepted.
As much as I like the sound of this project, I do wonder if the lack of Wahlberg will affect Russell's desire to make the movie. The director has been rather flaky as of late - before leaving Uncharted he also bailed on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - and obviously likes working with Wahlberg a lot. That said, he wouldn't have signed Lawrence if he wasn't ready for the scheduling shift, so perhaps he's here to stay.
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