Oh how the movie business can turn on a dime...
We've known for a while that Todd Philips is going to be bringing us a sequel to the mega-successful "amnesia-comedy" (trademark Screen Rant 2010 :P ), The Hangover. The plan is apparently to bring the characters of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) away from the Las Vegas setting of their first romp and drop them in the exotic location of Thailand.
Let the speculation about what kind of raunchy hijinks await in Thailand commence!
Today comes news which further evidences the early assumption that we'll be seeing at least three out of the four main cast members in the Hangover sequel (there's still no word on whether the fourth, Justin Bartha, will be back). EW is reporting that rising star Bradley Cooper has traded in his role in an upcoming McG-directed spy comedy called This Is War for The Hangover 2. War is about two best friends spies whose relationship falls apart when they both fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).
Twentieth Century Fox confirms Cooper's departure from This Is War, citing scheduling conflicts with The Hangover 2 as the reason. However, with This Is War being planned to shoot this July and Todd Philips not planning on shooting The Hangover sequel until this Fall, Cooper could theoretically have fit both movies into his schedule.
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However, sources close to the actor are saying he had creative concerns regarding This Is War's script, which has went through numerous rewrites ever since Fox acquired it back in 1998 (the most recent draft was written by Role Models writer Timothy Dowling). Cooper's reps declined to comment on the situation so take from that what you will.
This Is War is apparently considered a high priority for Fox (although the 12 years in gestation doesn't suggest that...) but it's not clear what direction Fox is heading in now, including who they will get to replace Cooper. The Proposal's Ryan Reynolds will probably be getting a call pretty soon :P ...
I'm not overly familiar with This Is War beyond hearing McG (strange he'd want to do that kind of a project - we haven't even covered it here at Screen Rant). But as just one of the many people who found The Hangover hilarious I'm certainly glad Cooper picked the sequel over another project.
Are you glad Cooper chose The Hangover 2 over This Is War?
As stated, The Hangover 2 is currently in the scripting stages but is aimed to start shooting this fall. This Is War is supposed to start shooting this July. Cooper can next be seen in the big-screen version of The A-Team, which hits theaters on June 11th, 2010.