The last time there was news about David O. Russell’s upcoming film The Silver Linings Playbook I lamented the fact that we hadn’t been giving it enough coverage. No more! The drama about a former mental patient trying to rebuild his life keeps adding intriguing names to its cast, so I’m going to keep blathering on about it. Russell and company started off strong by getting Bradley Cooper to star as our hero mental case. That’s enough to catch my interest right there. Cooper’s career is on fire right now and he hasn’t even really had the chance to work with great directors yet. Seeing him and Russell do something together sounds like a great time. But the movie didn’t stop there, it followed the Cooper casting up by getting a couple of Oscar Nominees in Jennifer Lawrence and Jackie Weaver to play his new love interest and mother respectively. If there were two actresses that left a huge impression on me by the end of 2010, it was Lawrence and Weaver, so I can’t wait to see what they bring here.
But now comes the task of filling out the rest of the cast. To that end Deadline Dryden is reporting that they’ve signed up Julia Stiles and are in final negotiations to add Chris Tucker. Stiles will be playing the older sister of the Lawrence character, who is apparently a little unstable, so I imagine she will be taking on some sort of caretaker role. There isn’t any word on what role Tucker will be playing should he choose to sign on, but everything I’ve read about this film up to this point has mentioned that a large part of the story is about Cooper’s character trying to win back his ex-wife. Let’s just say that Tucker is playing the ex-wife. I can’t wait for all the fast talking banter!