Bradley Cooper is 'The Man from Primrose Lane' for Warner Bros.
by Ben Pearson
January 29, 2013
Bradley Cooper is in the middle of a pretty good run right now. The actor earned an Oscar nomination for his work in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, he has American Sniper with Russell also on the way, he's set to appear opposite Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines later this year, he's producing and starring in the WWII film Dark Invasion, and he may or may not be starring in a Lance Armstrong biopic produced by J.J. Abrams. Now Deadline says that Cooper is set to star in The Man from Primrose Lane, based on James Rennar's 2012 novel about a true crime writer stuck in the middle of some mystery.
Here's the full synopsis of The Man from Primrose Lane, via Amazon:
In West Akron, Ohio, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day, someone murdered him.
Fast-forward four years. David Neff, the bestselling author of a true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is a broken man after his wife’s inexplicable suicide. When an unexpected visit from an old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of “the man with a thousand mittens,” David decides to investigate. What he finds draws him back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. And the closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife.
Deviously plotted and full of dark wit, James Renner’s The Man from Primrose Lane is an audacious debut that boasts as many twists as a roller coaster. But beneath its turns, it’s a spellbinding story about our obsessions: the dangerous sway they have over us and the fates of those we love.
Even more than that, Deadline says that the only way for Cooper's character to catch the killer is to "look outside the parameters of what he believed to be true about time and space." Whoa. This movie sounds a lot more genre-bending than anything Cooper has done in the past; while he's worked on genre flicks like Limitless and The Midnight Meat Train before, The Hangover star has yet to delve into the science fiction realm. I was really impressed with his work in Silver Linings Playbook, and Alex was raving about his performance in Place Beyond the Pines from TIFF last year, so here's hoping Cooper can keep knocking these roles out of the park and continue his hot streak. Interested?