Though he won’t be exacting his revenge on any baddies in Motor City, Dominic Cooper appears to still be in the market to take down some double-crossing criminals in a new film. Variety reports that Cooper is currently in negotiations to take what sounds like a supporting role in Niels Arden Oplev‘s Dead Man Down. Both Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace are on board the action-thriller (which, yes, will reunite Rapace with her The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director), so the project certainly has some solid talent around it.

The film follows Farrell’s character, who “infiltrates a crime syndicate capable for the death of his family.” Rapace is set to play “a mysterious, scarred beauty with intimate knowledge of his past.” The role Cooper would take sounds to be a bit less dramatic, that of “Darcy, a family man who works as Farrell’s partner on the street.” Hmm, a family man in a revenge thriller? Yeah, I think it’s a safe bet that Cooper’s precious family just might get caught up in some dirty, vengeful business.

Cooper is due for a meaty role, especially after standing out in otherwise disappointing films like Mamma Mia! (a nightmare set to ABBA) and The Devil’s Double (a compelling true story bogged down by an indecipherable final act), along with his delightfully hammy turn as Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger. A sidekick role in a revenge thriller just might be a good way to vault him to leading man status. And, hey, there’s always his work in (the otherwise stupid) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to look forward to later this year.


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