Bradley Cooper has officially been nominated two years in a row for an Academy Award, which means that he's a legitimate actor's actor now, not just a franchise star cashing on the success of his latest films. And to further his acting cred, he's signed on to a film called American Blood, a crime drama that was recently picked up by Warner Brothers for high six figures.
Cooper is reportedly also set to produce the film, which so far doesn't have any other casting in place. Usually, a film like this would go the independent route, but Cooper's attachment and the recent success of smart, auteur-driven adult films has caused studios to take bigger risks with their original material.
According to Variety, the film will focus on, "An ex-NYPD officer turned mob informant who’s living in New Mexico in the witness protection program and gets into trouble for investigating the disappearance of a young woman."
Andrew Sodroski, best known for writing the Black List script 'Holland, Michigan' will adapt the book, while the studio's reportedly planning for a late 2014 production start date, although that has yet to really be confirmed. Due to Cooper's busy schedule and the studio's packed slate for 2015, it's possible that the film gets pushed back even further. However, based on everyone that's involved plus the subject matter, I think it's safe to say that this could be an awards contender if everyone plays their cards right. And that would make this the third awards-worthy film that Cooper's now involved in, not counting potential awards contender 'Serena'.