'Silver Linings Playbook' Reunites Mark Wahlberg & David O. Russell
by Ethan Anderton
May 13, 2011
Last December we learned that Bradley Cooper and Anne Hathaway would star in an adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel The Silver Linings Playbook with director David O. Russell in line to direct. However, Vulture now reports that while Russell is still very much directing the film, it will actually be his lead actor from The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg, stepping up to star in the adaptation. At the time of the initial report, Cooper wasn't yet officially signed on, so it's not surprising that he ended up falling away from the project. As of now though, it's not clear whether or not Hathaway will actually still end up starring in the project.
Here's an official rundown of 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 would likely take the role of Tiffany if she's still involved. Anyway, The Weinstein Company seems to be moving fast and quietly on this project , so it really does seem like this will get off the ground before Russell and Wahlberg collaborate on the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Surely after the success of The Fighter, audiences will be interested in seeing what the director and actor can do this time around. Interested?
Wahlberg seems to do very well with Russell. I'd dare to say that Three Kings made me re-evaluate my opinion on Wahlberg all-together and The Fighter redeemed my wariness of him after relentless crap like The Happening, Payne, Shooter, even Other Guys and all the other inbetween crud. Consider me interested indeed.
Voice of Reason on May 13, 2011
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