After The Hangover made unheard of gobs of money, some of the sharper minds in Hollywood started to wonder if its appeal was just a fluke, or if one if its featured performers, Bradley Cooper, might be ready to step out of comedy ensembles and anchor his own films as a star. He got his shot with Limitless, and was largely successful, so after that things seemed to be full-speed ahead for Bradley Cooper: movie star. Now that he’s gotten an Oscar nomination for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, he sees his career reaching yet another crossroads, however. If he’s able to keep the momentum of this newfound respect and recognition going over the course of his next few film choices, we could see him become one of the premiere names in Hollywood: a George Clooney, Brad Pitt, or a Tom Cruise.
So, what’s the first post-nomination job that he’s accepted? According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has just closed what’s being described as a “high six figure deal” to obtain the rights to the Howard Blum book “Dark Invasion,” which they intend on developing as the next big starring vehicle for Cooper. “Dark Invasion” is a new book that hasn’t hit shelves yet, so probably you’re wondering what it’s all about. Is it a sweeping sci-fi epic involving star ships and invading alien hordes? No, not at all. Turns out it’s a non-fiction thriller set back in 1915.
While World War I was raging in Europe, Germany was sending covert agents overseas to the United States whose jobs it was to do things like bomb factories, sabotage ships, destroy the Capitol Building, and set up anthrax labs. They even shot JP Morgan Jr. Basically the Kaiser saw the U.S. jumping in to join the Allies as being an inevitability, so he wanted to get a head start on lessening their capabilities before they ever got seriously into the war effort.
Not ones to take a sneaky German invasion lying down, the CIA tasked NYPD Captain Tom Tunney with the job of putting together a team who would bring these covert agents to justice. Apparently many consider Tunney to be the first head of homeland security, and this is the role that Cooper is going to be playing; which sounds like the sort of role that’s going to require some action, a little bit of drama, and the kind of iconic presence that only a true-blue movie star can provide. What do you think? Does Dark Invasion sound like the thing that’s going to help take Cooper’s career to the next level?
Ah, probably we should wait to hear who’s going to write and direct before we go passing judgment.