By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
Former "Alias" co-star Bradley Cooper has had his career suddenly rebound over the past few years thanks in large part to his appearance in new comedy classic The Hangover. Sensibly, most of Cooper's post Hangover roles have utilized the comedic skills the actor has subtly displayed going back as far as Wet Hot American Summer, with even his turn in the action ensemble The A-Team making great use of Cooper's affable smirk. So, why, exactly is the actor being eyed for The Crow?
For those unfamiliar, The Crow is a comic by James O'Barr that's largely concerned with the death and resurrection of its titular protagonist. Most know it not from its comic form but for the 1993 film adaptation that was intended to be the breakout vehicle for Brandon Lee, but unfortunately wound up being that actor's swan song. After several sequels of varying quality, Hollywood has decided to reboot The Crow and turn it into a money making machine on par with Christopher Nolan's "Batman." Hiring 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was a step in the right direction but in their search for a lead both parties seem to have stumbled.
Apparently impressed with Cooper's performance in his current hit Limitless, The Crow team have already met with Cooper according to the Hollywood Reporter. THR is specifically reporting that Fresnadillo chatted with Cooper about the project and the two had a common vision for the project and the character. THR also points out that Relativity, the production company behind the reboot, is "flying fast," which could be an indication that Relativity needs to have a finished product soon before their rights expire. As odd a fit Cooper seems to be, the role could be a breakout for him that forces viewers to reexamine the actor who has primarily been associated with comedy and light fare.