Bradley Cooper hopes to fight like an angel.
Variety reports that Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in “Paradise Lost.” Alex Proyas is set to direct.
Yes, we’re talking about that “Paradise Lost,” as in the very long John Milton poem about the war between archangels Lucifer and Michael that many people have had to read in an English lit class. The poem is most famous for leaving many college students with the thought, “Hey, Lucifer is the most attractive character in this thing, and I’m supposed to treat him like the bad guy?” Much earnest sophomore year essay ink has been spilled on this topic.
Cooper wants to play Lucifer, which makes sense, because who doesn’t want to play the cool bad guy (or girl)? Cooper built his career on playing the sort of preppy asshole who smirks his way through life, but this would be a big step up in bad-boydom for him. It also could either be a lot of fun or a heavy handed, portentous, self-important disaster. Then again, I guess you could say that about most movies in development.
Proyas is best known for cult movies like “The Crow” and “Dark City.” The adaptation of the poem comes from a lengthy series of writers that includes Stuart Hazeldine, the team of Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, Lawrence Kasdan, and Ryan Condal. And before all is said and done, I bet a few more names will be added to that list.
Cooper will be seen in theaters in a few weeks in “The Hangover Part II.”