When exactly did Bradley Cooper become an action bad-ass? Ten years ago he was Amy Poehler‘s gay musical partner in Wet Hot American Summer, taking TV roles (Kitchen Confidential) and bit parts in comedies (perhaps you saw The Comebacks?) before stardom came calling with last year’s The Hangover. He lost the part of Green Lantern to Ryan Reynolds, but his heroics in the upcoming A-Team movie must have been impressive enough to snag him the lead in The Dark Fields, a full-blown “techno-thriller” about mind-altering designer drugs co-starring Abbie Cornish and Robert DeNiro.
Shia LaBeouf was originally set to play Eddie, a slacker turned hyper-intelligent speed freak, but now it’s Bradley getting a gun pulled on him by some Statham-esque thug on set. If The Dark Fields—planned for March 2011—and The A-Team are hits, it might be a while before we see Cooper chasing Sandra Bullock in a rom-com like All About Steve again. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to his fake-tanned head!
See photos of Cooper and Cornish filming in Union Square—plus Renee Zellweger stopping by the set to visit her “boyfriend”—in the gallery below.
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