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.