'Silver Linings Playbook' Lands Anne Hathaway & Bradley Cooper
by Ethan Anderton
December 8, 2010
Though it seemed like his next project would be the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, it looks like David O. Russell may line-up another project beforehand. Showbiz 411, the source who initiated the confirmed rumor of Mark Wahlberg leading the aforementioned video game film, reports Russell is looking to direct The Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel of the same name. In addition, it seems Anne Hathaway, fresh off her performance in Love and Other Drugs, has signed on for a role while Bradley Cooper is being lined up for the lead role of a history teacher recently released from a mental hospital.
When this ex-high school history teacher is released, he ends up being placed in the care of his mother. While he initially plans on winning back his ex-wife, he actually gets caught up in another romance. We'll let Publisher's Weekly explain the story:
Pat Peoples is down on his luck. The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months––rather than four years––and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their apart time is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired. Our hapless hero makes a friend in Tiffany, the mentally unstable, widowed sister-in-law of his best friend, Ronnie. Each day as Pat heads out for his 10-mile run, Tiffany silently trails him, refusing to be shaken off by the object of her affection. The odd pair try to navigate a timid friendship, but as Pat is unable to discern friend from foe and reality from deranged optimism, every day proves to be a cringe-worthy adventure.
Since it doesn't sound like his wife has a very big part in the story, Hathaway has likely taken the role of Tiffany. Meanwhile, Cooper doesn't seem to be signed on yet, so maybe someone else will step into the role. Interestingly enough, the two both appeared in Valentine's Day, but I don't recall them actually sharing any scenes together. Anyway, The Weinstein Company seems to be moving fast and quietly on this project though, so it really does seem like this will get off the ground before Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. For now, we'll just have to keep anticipating the imminent release of David O. Russell's The Fighter, a film which people have said is better and less generic than the trailer makes it out to be, and will most likely be a contender for Best Picture. Interested?