Even though Bradley Cooper is a ridiculously handsome, ridiculously charming and ridiculously successful movie star who couldn't blend in with a crowd if he tried, he's somehow found a mini-niche of playing schlubby writers who are down on their luck. In the surprise hit Limitless he played a writer who becomes a genius only after taking a powerful pill, and in the upcoming The Words, he plays a novelist who can't find any success until he happens upon someone else's work and claims it as his own. As you can see in the trailer below, it's definitely plagiarism, but you also kind of understand his temptation to steal-- and also why Jeremy Irons, playing the man who actually wrote the novel, is so upset about it.

That's a very quick trailer, so if you want to know more about the movie you can watch this longer trailer, or simply go here. The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, is indeed more thoughtful than you might expect from a movie starring Zoe Saldana of Avatar and Bradley Cooper of The Hangover-- it really is about words, about storytelling and ownership and keeping a story alive. It also gets away with having such a packed cast because it tells multiple stories, through flashbacks and nested scenes that have you wondering just which version of the story is real. It was far from the best movie I saw at Sundance, but it's a careful and well-acted one, and gives Saldana and Cooper in particular a chance to strut their dramatic stuff.

The Words opens in theaters September 7.

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