Kinsey star Benjamin Walker is in final negotiations with Legendary Pictures to play the Archangel Michael in the forthcoming action fantasy Paradise Lost.
Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Dark City) will direct the ‘action-heavy’ film, an adaptation of John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem chronicling the war in heaven between the archangels Michael and Lucifer.
Proyas says: “We’re going to make an incredible epic film about the Devil’s fall from grace and the Archangel Michael. Adam and Eve play heavily in it as well. This film couldn’t have been made a few years ago. In fact, we’re not even sure we can make it now. But we’re gonna try.”
Limitless star Bradley Cooper is confirmed to play the role of Lucifer, while Benjamin Walker is still in talks.
Proyas told Deadline: “His deal isn’t closed yet, but I think there’s a wonderful duality about Ben’s persona, this combination of great strength and perfect innocence that works so well for Michael.”
Cooper said: “I relate a lot to this character and this story… To me, it’s a very small story about an intimate nuclear family, two brothers and their father, and what happens when one son feels utterly betrayed.”
Paradise Lost is set for a late 2013 release.
Bradley Cooper, star of The Hangover, is currently celebrating the release of his latest movie Limitless, on DVD.
The star of Wedding Crashers, The Hangover, The A-Team… well, loads and loads of films including Mr Wallace’s own Yes Man, came into chat about Limitless, his latest movie about a miracle pill that affords Plus, find out what new films Bradley has signed up to do…
Have a listen to the interview below.
Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms join Johnny & Lisa in the Capital hot tub to talk about their new film ‘Hangover 2′
The boys who obviously begin by commenting on Johnny’s physique quickly steer the conversation towards their favourite topic, ‘Ladies’.
After bring the conversation back around Lisa challenges Bradley and Ed to a ‘How well do you know Hangover 2′quiz which sees the guys try and guess some French interpretations of their film title.
Listen back to the interview below…
Bradley Cooper’s come a long way since “Wet Hot American Summer.”
These days, the 36-year-old actor is more likely to be found in a monster comedy like “The Hangover Part II.”
Cooper, who is currently filming “The Place Beyond the Pines” with Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta in upstate New York, spoke to Marquee about his his latest flick, “Limitless,” and some of his earlier, star-making roles.
CNN: You were a guest on Zach Galifianakis’ old VH1 talk show “Late World.” Have you been friends since then or did you just reconnect when it was time for “The Hangover”?
Bradley Cooper: We reconnected after that. We were both doing a job in Vancouver and we connected seven years ago and then lost touch again. With the first “Hangover,” I’d say that’s when we became really close friends and stayed that way ever since.
CNN: You have appeared in a lot of projects with large fan bases. What are you most recognized for: “Alias,” “Wedding Crashers” or “Hangover”?
BC: Mostly “Hangover” but for some reason in the past three weeks it’s been “Wedding Crashers.”
CNN: You played the villain in “Wedding Crashers,” quite effectively, before turning to hero roles in recent films like “Limitless.” Which do you prefer, the hero or the villain?
BC: I don’t look at it that way. I look at the project and the role as a character. I love both for different reasons.
CNN: You were credited as an executive producer on “Limitless.” Do you prefer acting or producing and have you ever considered directing?
BC: Yeah, it’s sorta been a dream to direct since I was a kid. I wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be a director. It’s finally about getting off my ass and trying to do it.
CNN: “Limitless” is based on a book about the drug. How do you feel about drugs that enhance performance?
BC: The movie isn’t really a statement on drug use. It’s really more of a comment on power, and whatever connection the audience makes from that they’re going to make. [Whether that's] how relevant it is today with the use of pharmaceutical drugs to enhance…attention or energy or being able to sleep, but it really wasn’t some sort of didactic story about that.
CNN: The “Limitless” DVD extras reveal that the pill prop went through a few different designs before they settled on clear. What was it made of? Did you save any of them? Did it have a sort of placebo effect on you?
BC: I hope it did. I did have to pretend I was actually on it. The pill went through a few versions. There was one where it kind of looked like a doughnut – white with something in the center. Thank God we didn’t do that. We liked how clear it was, translucent, and could see through whatever it was. It was just a lot cooler. It was like a little baby silicone.
“Limitless,” a thriller about a man who takes a drug that allows him to access 100 percent of his brain’s power, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
In interviews with heyuguys.co.uk and denofgeek.com the actor admits that recent talk of him playing Eric Draven are premature. Looks like the internet might have jumped the gun on that story. That’s unusual.
Based on the negative feedback he has taken on his involvement with The Crow I think it would be best if he didn’t pursue this project. On a side note I enjoyed Limitless quite a bit and suggest all of you give it a shot. Added bonus is that Johnny Whitworth, who is playing Blackout in the new Ghost Rider film has a small and pivotal role in it. He is quite good, and I expect him to bring the goods as the boney biker’s main villain.
Excerpt from the denofgeek.com article:
Moving on to some future projects, how far down the road are you with The Crow at the moment?
I’m not sure where we are with that.
Are you still committed to it?
It was never like that. It was something that got a lot of traction on the Internet, but I’m not sure where that is.
Excerpt from the heyuguys.co.uk article:
?How far down the road are you with the remake of The Crow?
I’m not sure where we are with that. I mean, it makes tracks on the internet but I’m really not sure.
I’m not sure exactly when this interview took place, but it’s a really great interview. Bradley and the cast of The Hangover Part II did an unscripted interview for Moviefone! It’s definitely worth the watch! Check it out:
Deadline is reporting that David O. Russell‘s upcoming film, The Silver Linings Playbook, is continuing to pick up steam. They’re reporting that Mark Wahlberg had to leave the film due to scheduling issues and coming on board as his replacement may be Hollywood’s newest A-lister, Bradley Cooper. Even more exciting is the fact that Cooper’s Limitless co-star Robert De Niro is also in talks to join the film.
Rising star Jennifer Lawrence is already confirmed and if Cooper and De Niro were to join, well I’ll let you imagine the possibilities. With shooting starting this fall, I’m sure we’ll hear confirmation on the male leads shortly.
The film follows “a former high school teacher who was institutionalized for depression and then released into the care of his mother. He tries to win back his ex-wife but becomes involved with an eccentric neighbor with problems of her own.”
Cooper was actually attached to the film a while back (with Anne Hathaway set to play the role Lawrence is going to take) but he dropped out. Now he’s back in though and it sounds like he’s close to making it official.
I’m already looking forward to this one, simply due to Lawrence and Russell’s involvement, but if Cooper and De Niro also join, this is going to be one hell of a cast. And to see Bradley Cooper team up again with Robert De Niro, well that would be fantastic. The two played off each other excellently in Limitless and I’d love to see them together again.
This would also be a smart career move for De Niro. Limitless aside, his recent choice of films has been rather weak. He really needs to start getting back into respectable and strong roles that he can truly shine in.
What do you think? Excited to see Cooper and De Niro teaming up again?
The Bradley Cooper business is booming. Not only have recent months seen him at the top of the box-office charts for The Hangover Part II, but his March release, Limitless, which was just released on DVD viewing July 19, became a surprise hit. Cooper took 60 seconds out of his busy schedule to talk to us about Limitless, his fluency in French, playing Satan, and his inspiration, Jason Bateman.
Your character in Limitless, Eddie Morra, becomes addicted to a drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his brain. What did it feel like to act as if you were using your whole mind during the shoot?
It’s a very seductive proposal. Because of that, it made Eddie a very alluring character to play. How do you make that believable, as opposed to having to affect it, with an “a”? It was a lot of finding personal ways to make those aspects of that character real. It made me feel like I know what it’s like to be Jason Bateman. Jason Bateman seems like the smartest actor alive to me. He’s just so quick. He’s the greatest.
Was the transition back to 20 percent a difficult one?
I kept watching Horrible Bosses, and that reminded me of what I used to be.
Did you just pick Jason Bateman randomly for this?
I’m not kidding. You don’t like Bateman? Please don’t take this out of context. I’m being serious.
Which Jason Bateman movies did you watch to prepare?
Well, I watched all the seasons of Arrested Development. But I date back to Silver Spoons with Bateman. And then we have the Will Smith movie Hancock. And the movie he did with Mike Judge. Solution or something?
Eddie Morra is a struggling writer, and in your next movie, The Words, you’ll play a writer accused of plagiarism. Why the sudden turn into literary characters?
Just happenstance, really. There’s no rhyme or reason for it. The writer aspect was not what drew me to Limitless. And The Words is a movie that my best friend, Brian Klugman, wrote, and I’m just so happy we were able to get it made. He’s been my best friend since we were 10 years old. I remember when I moved to L.A. 11 years ago, he had a reading of it, and I sat in the back and thought, “Wow, what a great movie that would be.” [Pause] Extract! That’s the Bateman movie. I also watched Juno. The Kingdom—he was fantastic in The Kingdom…
And The Break-Up.
You got to work alongside Robert De Niro in Limitless. What was that like?
He probably is one of the—if not the—greatest living actor, and that just provides a tutorial when you’re acting with him. I was the most at ease that I’ve ever been on film. He creates an environment where what he’s saying, you believe. And if you believe what he’s saying, then you’re more than likely going to respond to him in a way that’s also believable, because he’s actually talking to you, even though he’s using the words that are written on the paper. And that provides just a wonderful sandbox to play in. Sandbox to play in? Forget that. That’s the worst thing I’ve ever said. I gotta go throw up right now.
You’ll be playing Lucifer in Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost. Did you get any tips from De Niro on playing the Devil?
Because of Angel Heart? No, I didn’t talk to him much about stuff like that. We talked about stuff like mozzarella and politics. We didn’t really speak about acting that much.
Not to spoil anything for those about to watch the Limitless DVD, but have you ever done anything grosser in your career than lying on the floor and drinking another man’s blood?
No. That pretty much takes it.
How do you prepare for a scene like that?
Hang out with a lot of vampires.
Not Jason Bateman?
No, not Bateman for that one.
You speak French in Limitless, which reminds me: Why did that YouTube clip of you speaking French on television create such a storm?
I have no idea, honestly. It’s like, why can’t I stop looking at the “Drinking out of Cups”? With the guy stuck in the closet tripping on acid and they made that lizard, you know? Do you know that YouTube video?
Oh my God. You don’t know that one? [Affects a Long Island accent] “No way. Now he’s Johnny Hammersticks hammerin’ away like he’s friggin’ Tommy Noble..” You don’t know that one? It’s hil-ar-ious. It’s the greatest thing in the world. I think it’s called “Drinking out of Cups.”
Are you sure? Cause there’s that other YouTube thing with cups…
Not to be confused with that. This’ll be a lizard.
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.