Best Actor Nominee Bradley Cooper and international breakout star Omar Sy (The Intouchables) may team up in the near future. According to Variety, the two are in hot and heavy discussions to star in The Weinstein Company's culinary comedy Chef. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) will direct and Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) will write the screenplay. Cooper would star as a disgraced chef who loses his award winning Paris restaurant, only to relocate to England with the hope of reuniting with his crew to create the greatest restaurant ever known in London.
On a recent promotion trip to France, Cooper had this to say about the project: "We've been talking about this project. I want to do it. It's a beautiful story and I love cooking." Does it surprise you to learn that he gave his interview to RTL in fluent French? The role does seem like a natural fit for Cooper, who has prior “Chef” experience from his days playing Jack Bourdain on the short-lived Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential.
In fact, Cooper was a steady player on the small screen until the massive success of The Hangover launched him into a different level of the acting atmosphere. The worldwide success of that one role transformed him from C List into a solid B+ actor. Then came his true breakout moment, when he stepped in front of the camera for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and transformed into a great actor. Next up he’ll be playing opposite Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines, which Cianfrance directed as well.