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Bradley Cooper Now Playing Lucifer in 'Paradise Lost' for Alex Proyas

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May 5, 2011
Source: Variety

Bradley Cooper / Paradise Lost

Just last month we found out that Bradley Cooper was in talks to star in the remake of The Crow. Interestingly enough, now the actor is in talks to work with the director of the original 1994 film. Variety reports Cooper is in talks to play Lucifer in the adaptation of Paradise Lost from Alex Proyas. Based on John Milton's epic 17th-century poem of the same name, the story follows the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, including the latter's role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace. The film is being crafted as an action flick with plenty of aerial fighting, and there's a chance it'll even be shot in 3D.

We first found out Proyas was going to direct the adaptation back in September of last year, but this is the first real development on the project we've heard since then. Though a deal hasn't been finalized for Cooper to star, the actor is adamant about taking the role and negotiations are expected to begin very soon. You have to hand it to Cooper for taking on a wide variety or roles. After seeing Limitless, I'm quite interested in seeing him broaden his horizons on screen, and this sounds like a great way to continue that trend. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Not sure about Paradise Lost as an action flick... but with Cooper as Lucifer and Proyas directing... color me intrigued...

Harm on May 5, 2011

2

I neither hate not love hanging with Mr. Cooper in the theater, but I could see him as a very successful Lucifer. Bring it on.

Voice of Reason on May 5, 2011

3

well thats one more movie the Catholics will ban...

Jericho on May 5, 2011

4

why didn't they ban Constantine? That movie had hell written all over it!

Xerxexx on May 5, 2011

5

Um I don't think so. It's a story from XVII century, so I think they are above such bullshit

Pbarwik on May 5, 2011

6

I'm in.

Xerxexx on May 5, 2011

7

Wish Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds would hold hands and jump into a fire.

norm on May 5, 2011

8

Can you accompany them?

Xerxexx on May 5, 2011

9

lol. They both keep making more horrible movies I just might...

norm on May 6, 2011

10

Smokin Aces was pretty good and I heard Limitless was pretty good as well. Reynolds and Cooper are not that bad.

Xerxexx on May 6, 2011

11

Nice to see Cooper get out of the cheese-ball pretty boy roles and try to do something different for a change. Before now, Midnight Meat Train and his weak appearance in Case 39, were the only things that seemed outside his comfort zone. We'll see how he handles this, although these types of movies typically never do well (Paul Bettany can attest).

Quazzimotto on May 6, 2011

12

I'm sorry, but Alex Proyas does not have the talent to put something as complex, archaic and era-defining as Paradise Lost on the screen. Which is apparently why we are getting the action adventure version of it. Plus, everyone knows that having 5 different credited screenwriters is always a sign of quality in a project. They even got Lawrence Kasdan in for a polish, they must be fucking desperate.

Lebowski on May 6, 2011

13

I am actually liking this casting (if it happens). I agree about limitless, and think cooper could be phenomenal in this.

Reece Jacklitch on May 6, 2011

14

In the hopes that Hollywood would do justice to one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time, I was hoping this project would get a more accomplished director.  I had heard for some time, however, that it would be an action flick focusing on the war in heaven--particularly to avoid having to deal with a naked Adam & Eve for much of the film.  Several years ago there were rumors of Heath Ledger for the role of Lucifer.  If that had happened I wouldn't have cared who the director was.  Regardless, I am rooting for the film & Cooper to be a success.

Professor S on Jul 26, 2011

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