Bradley Cooper may still be best known as “that guy from the Hangover movies” (or Will Tippin, for longtime Alias fans), but he’s begun to establish himself as a serious dramatic actor these past few years – with solid performances in such films as Limitless, The Words, and his buzzed-about turn in writer-director David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook (which arrives next month).
Cooper is currently filming The Hangover Part III for release in 2013, but he also has the period drama Serena (which reunites him with his Silver Linings Playbook costar Jennifer Lawrence) and Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines on the horizon. Moreover, he’s going to re-team with Russell on the (for the time being) untitled project about the ABSCAM operation, with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner costarring.
Emma Stone will share top billing with Cooper on Crowe’s new project, which Sony has scheduled to begin shooting next spring. It appears that Stone may first reprise her role as Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man 2 before she collaborates with Cooper and Crowe, since the superhero sequel is set for a May 2014 launch date (with Marc Webb returning as director). Look for a more official update on the situation in the foreseeable future.
Crowe returned to directing last year with the fairly-successful We Bought a Zoo, following a six-year break after his film Elizabethtown premiered to lackluster box office and critical returns in 2005. He has a distinct formula for storytelling and rarely deviates from it (with the exception of Vanilla Sky). That’s earned Crowe a loyal following over the years, but also means that moviegoers who’ve never been taken with his style have little reason to tune in now – despite the big-name acting talent that he continues to attract (Crowe is similar to Woody Allen, in that sense).
Nonetheless, there’s always an audience for his movies, so more power to him for doing what he does best. For our part, we will continue to keep all you Crowe fans out there posted on his new project (including, the title) as the story develops.