Bradley Cooper in Talks for Starring Role in Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Mule’

Bradley Cooper is closing in on nabbing a starring role in Clint Eastwood’s next directorial project, “The Mule,” a person familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Cooper would star alongside Eastwood, who is returning to the screen fo…

Bradley Cooper is closing in on nabbing a starring role in Clint Eastwood’s next directorial project, “The Mule,” a person familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Cooper would star alongside Eastwood, who is returning to the screen for his first acting gig since “Trouble With the Curve” in 2012. The two last worked together on the 2014 Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper.”

Warner Bros. and Imperative Entertainment will co-produce the film.

Eastwood is also producing via his Malpaso banner, along with Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.

“The Mule” will follow the true story of 90-year-old drug courier Leo Sharp (Eastwood) who is an award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran. Sharp gets busted for running $3 million worth of cocaine for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. He’s arrested by a DEA agent (Cooper) while driving a beat-up pickup truck through Michigan.

Sharp received a three-year jail sentence after his lawyer argued that it was his dementia that sent him down the wrong path.

Cooper has been looking for his next project as he wraps up putting the finishing touches on his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born.” The four-time Oscar nominee is set to follow that debut up with another directing gig for the Leonard Bernstein biopic “Bernstein,” in which he also plans to star.

Cooper is repped by CAA.

Variety was first to report that Cooper is in talks for the project.

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Bradley Cooper vs. Jake Gyllenhaal: Actors Set to Lead Rival Leonard Bernstein Biopics

Cooper is starring as the composer for a project backed by Steven Spielberg, while Gyllenhaal is playing the composer for Cary Fukunaga.

Leonard Bernstein is all the rage in Hollywood right now as both Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal are attached to separate biopics about the legendary American composer. Cooper will direct and star in “Bernstein” (via Variety), which will mark his second directorial effort following his “A Star Is Born” adaptation with Lady Gaga. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, is attached to play Bernstein in Cary Fukunaga’s “The American.”

Cooper’s “Bernstein” is backed by Paramount and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Cooper will direct a script co-written by “Spotlight” Oscar winner Josh Singer and himself. Singer co-wrote Spielberg’s “The Post” and is also the co-writer of Damien Chazelle’s upcoming “First Man.” Martin Scorsese and Spielberg are both attached to the project as producers.

“Bernstein” is the second biopic about the “West Side Story” composer to be announced this May. Gyllenhaal’s “The American” was the first Bernstein biopic to be confirmed in development. “Beasts of No Nation” and “True Detective” Season 1 director Fukunaga is behind the project, which is currently selling international rights at the Cannes market and is hoping to start production this fall.

“Like many people, Leonard Bernstein found his way into my life and heart through ‘West Side Story’ when I was a kid,” Gyllenhaal said in a May 1 statement about his project. “But as I got older and started to learn about the scope of his work, I began to understand the extent of his unparalleled contribution and the debt of gratitude modern American culture owes him. As a man, Bernstein was a fascinating figure — full of genius and contradiction — and it will be an incredible honor to tell his story with a talent and friend like Cary.”

Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” earned rave first reactions at CinemaCon last month, with many eyeing the film as a potential fall Oscar contender. The adaptation opens in theaters October 6 via Warner Bros.

Bradley Cooper to Direct, Star in Leonard Bernstein Biopic for Paramount, Amblin

Bradley Cooper will direct and star in “Leonard,” a biopic about composer Leonard Bernstein, which Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners will co-finance, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Cooper will also write the script with Josh Singer, who wrote “Spotlight,” “The Post” and “First Man,” most recently. Cooper will produce through his Joint Effort banner alongside Fred Berner, Amy Durning, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Bernstein was a composer and conductor, as well as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. He worked on music for the musical “West Side Story,” which later became an Academy Award-winning film.

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He also wrote music for the 1950 musical “Peter Pan,” the 1953 musical “Wonderful Town” as well as the operetta “Candide.” Bernstein died in 1990.

There is also another film based on the life story of Bernstein in development — “The American” will be directed by Cary Fukunaga and star Jake Gyllenhaal, and the film is currently being shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Cooper most recently starred in “Avengers: Infinity War” as the voice of Rocket. He will next be seen in “A Star Is Born,” which he also directed, opposite Lady Gaga. He is also currently in pre-production for “Deeper” and “Atlantic Wall.”

Cooper is represented by CAA and Relevant.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Bradley Cooper will direct and star in “Leonard,” a biopic about composer Leonard Bernstein, which Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners will co-finance, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Cooper will also write the script with Josh Singer, who wrote “Spotlight,” “The Post” and “First Man,” most recently. Cooper will produce through his Joint Effort banner alongside Fred Berner, Amy Durning, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Bernstein was a composer and conductor, as well as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. He worked on music for the musical “West Side Story,” which later became an Academy Award-winning film.

He also wrote music for the 1950 musical “Peter Pan,” the 1953 musical “Wonderful Town” as well as the operetta “Candide.” Bernstein died in 1990.

There is also another film based on the life story of Bernstein in development — “The American” will be directed by Cary Fukunaga and star Jake Gyllenhaal, and the film is currently being shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cooper most recently starred in “Avengers: Infinity War” as the voice of Rocket. He will next be seen in “A Star Is Born,” which he also directed, opposite Lady Gaga. He is also currently in pre-production for “Deeper” and “Atlantic Wall.”

Cooper is represented by CAA and Relevant.

Deadline first reported the news.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – James Gunn Reveals What Groot Told Rocket at the End (Spoiler!)

(Note: This post contains major spoilers for the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War.”)

“Avengers: Infinity War” doesn’t just bring together almost all of the storylines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past 10 years — it also shakes everything up, changing everything we know about the MCU in the process.

The story concerns Thanos (Josh Brolin), a massively powerful super-bad guy whose arrival the MCU has been teasing since 2012’s “The Avengers.” Thanos has one big goal: Wipe out half the life in the universe, in order to allow the other half to thrive with abundant resources. It’s kind of a genocidal approach to garden pruning, and all the heroes of the MCU are fighting against it.

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Thanos is looking to do that by gathering the six all-powerful Infinity Stones, which, when united, allow him to wish half the universe’s life out of existence — including half of the heroes in the MCU. At the end of the movie, he succeeds. Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy are wiped out, including everybody’s favorite sentient tree, Groot (Vin Diesel). Only Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) remains.

The disappearance of half the universe isn’t immediate though. Groot and Rocket have one last moment together, but since Groot can only speak one sentence — “I am Groot” — we rely on Rocket and the other characters to give the context for what he said.

In the case of Groot’s final line, though, we only knew that it had a big affect on Rocket. That is, until now. Thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and Twitter, we know just how much of a gut punch that final moment between Rocket and Groot really was, as Heroic Hollywood pointed out.

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Gunn revealed on Twitter that Groot’s last words to Rocket weren’t “I am Groot,” they were “Dad.”

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— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 6, 2018

This isn’t the first time Gunn hit fans in the feels when it comes to Groot. He previously revealed that, in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Groot died sacrificing himself to save the rest of the team. At the end of the movie, Rocket saves a twig of Groot that soon grows into another version of the creature. Gunn explained that the new Baby Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” isn’t the same as the original — more like his son. The original Groot is definitely dead, and now, officially, so is his son.

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So Rocket has essentially been raising Groot ever since, and in “Infinity War,” Groot is in his teen years. He was mouthy and apathetic, but when it counted in the battle against Thanos, Groot stepped up to join the fight. And while he seemed like an angry teen fed up with the other Guardians and their parental ways, it’s clear Groot really cared.

As if the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” wasn’t sad enough already.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” doesn’t just bring together almost all of the storylines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past 10 years — it also shakes everything up, changing everything we know about the MCU in the process.

The story concerns Thanos (Josh Brolin), a massively powerful super-bad guy whose arrival the MCU has been teasing since 2012’s “The Avengers.” Thanos has one big goal: Wipe out half the life in the universe, in order to allow the other half to thrive with abundant resources. It’s kind of a genocidal approach to garden pruning, and all the heroes of the MCU are fighting against it.

Thanos is looking to do that by gathering the six all-powerful Infinity Stones, which, when united, allow him to wish half the universe’s life out of existence — including half of the heroes in the MCU. At the end of the movie, he succeeds. Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy are wiped out, including everybody’s favorite sentient tree, Groot (Vin Diesel). Only Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) remains.

The disappearance of half the universe isn’t immediate though. Groot and Rocket have one last moment together, but since Groot can only speak one sentence — “I am Groot” — we rely on Rocket and the other characters to give the context for what he said.

In the case of Groot’s final line, though, we only knew that it had a big affect on Rocket. That is, until now. Thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and Twitter, we know just how much of a gut punch that final moment between Rocket and Groot really was, as Heroic Hollywood pointed out.

Gunn revealed on Twitter that Groot’s last words to Rocket weren’t “I am Groot,” they were “Dad.”

This isn’t the first time Gunn hit fans in the feels when it comes to Groot. He previously revealed that, in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Groot died sacrificing himself to save the rest of the team. At the end of the movie, Rocket saves a twig of Groot that soon grows into another version of the creature. Gunn explained that the new Baby Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” isn’t the same as the original — more like his son. The original Groot is definitely dead, and now, officially, so is his son.

So Rocket has essentially been raising Groot ever since, and in “Infinity War,” Groot is in his teen years. He was mouthy and apathetic, but when it counted in the battle against Thanos, Groot stepped up to join the fight. And while he seemed like an angry teen fed up with the other Guardians and their parental ways, it’s clear Groot really cared.

As if the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” wasn’t sad enough already.

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