The Academy is busy honoring Anne Hathaway and Bradley Cooper for the outstanding work they did in Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook, respectively. We here at Fandango, however, want to know what they’ll be bringing to theaters next.
Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper Line Up Post-Oscar Film Projects
Here are some casting announcements tied to a handful of Oscar nominees, so fans can know what they’ll be able to see them sometime down the line.
Hathaway, who dreamed a dream of Oscar gold, will headline a modern version of William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, according to The Wrap. The script is being workshopped by Abi Morgan, who co-wrote Michael Fassbender’s Shame, as well as The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep.
No word yet on who might direct this most recent adaptation of the Bard’s show, though Working Title has a longstanding relationship with Universal, who is behind Hathaway’s Les Mis, so the studio is a good bet for distributing this still-developing project. This will be Hathaway’s first live-action post-Miserables role, though she will lend her voice to the animated Rio 2.
Bradley Cooper will be trading his Philadelphia Eagles jersey (and his recommended medications) from Silver Linings Playbook for period duds in a turn-of-the-century spy thriller, Dark Invasion. Deadline says that Warner Bros. grabbed the filming rights to Howard Blum’s soon-to-be-released nonfiction book about what’s considered the first attack by a foreign threat on U.S. soil. The movie will be set in 1915, when Germany sent spies to our country to deter our plans to assist the Allied forces in Europe.
Cooper reportedly would play NYPD Capt. Tom Tunney, who was tasked with leading an opposition force to stop Germany’s covert spies from attacking major landmarks in the U.S. According to the book, Tunney is viewed in CIA circles as the nation’s first head of homeland security.
Because Blum’s book isn’t even out yet, it sounds like that film is a long way off, but Cooper fans won’t have to wait too long to see him on screen again. He already has the crime thriller The Place Beyond the Pines in the can. It’s expected to be in theaters on March 29. And Cooper will reprise his role of Phil one last time for The Hangover Part III, which roars into theaters on May 24.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.