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Having secured a massive payday of $15 million for reprising his role as Phil the debauchery-loving family man in the final Hangover installment, Bradley Cooper has created a substantial financial cushion that should allow him to pursue basically any project he wants to do. And as you might suspect, the affable A-lister is being offered plenty of options, among them a new crime thriller from the writer director of twisted kidnapping drama The Disappearance of Alice Creed and a flashy remake of A Star Is Born from Clint Eastwood.
Variety reports Cooper has entered into negotiations to front J Blakeson's Bad Blood and Trouble. Set in the 1950s, the feature centers on a Miami detective (Cooper's role should he sign on) who falls for a married woman whose husband is in trouble with some merciless criminals. On the surface, it sounds a bit like Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive; however, with MRC, which is financing and producing the pic, keeping mum on further details, it's hard to know how Bad Blood and Trouble will carve its own path with this premise. Perhaps, rather than helping the husband, Cooper's private eye will fuel the flames in hopes of winning the eventual widow? As of now, it's too soon to say. There's no word yet on who might co-star with Cooper; the film's producers are looking to lens Bad Blood and Trouble in the latter half of 2013.
In other Cooper casting news, Clint Eastwood is said to be considering him to headline his rock 'n' roll remake of A Star Is Born. Originally made in 1937, the story typically centers on a rising ingénue whose path to fame is paved by a leading man on the decline. To date, Janet Graynor and Frederic March, Judy Garland and James Mason, and Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson have taken on these lead roles in various remakes. In Eastwood's version, he's made a slight tweak to the narrative that'll better suit his leading lady, Beyoncé Knowles. Rather than being about an aspiring actress, his revamp will focus on an aspiring singer, who is taken under the wing of an aging rock star.
Earlier this year, Eastwood was reportedly looking for Tom Cruise to fill the latter role, but now it seems Cooper could be poised to take it on. (Perhaps Eastwood caught Rock of Ages?) Jaded rock star sounds like a great part for Cooper, but with production for The Hangover Part III, the untitled David O. Russell Project about an FBI sting operation and potentially Bad Blood and Trouble lying ahead of him, it's unclear if he'll will be able to squeeze A Star Is Born onto his dance card.
In the meantime, audiences will have plenty of opportunities to catch Cooper on the big screen. The action comedy Hit and Run rolls into theaters August 22nd, followed fast by the romantic drama The Words on September 7th. Then this fall will see the release of Cooper's first collaboration with David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook, on November 21st.
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