There are actors. Then, there are directors. There are also actors who direct. In a whole other category, there’s Clint Eastwood. The rare A-list actor who transitioned into becoming an A-list filmmaker, his story is a rare one. Quibble with his filmography all you like, and while it might be a mixed bag, the man works constantly. Recently, Eastwood had one of his biggest successes ever with “American Sniper.” A lot of things went write for the director there, but one positive for sure was casting Bradley Cooper in the lead role. Apparently, they got along well, as they’re looking to team up again. The twist this time? Eastwood will be joining Cooper in front of the camera too.
Variety is reporting that Eastwood’s next project, “The Mule,” not only will be directed by the man, but will star him as well. In addition, he’s bringing on Cooper to co-star with him. Eastwood was last seen in “Trouble with the Curve,” so it’s not surprising he’d like to give acting another go. As for Cooper, as his finishes his directorial debut “A Star is Born,” he’s heading back to work with someone he’s clearly comfortable with. Penned by Nick Schenk, the crime drama will see the two actors going up against each other on differing sides of the law. If nothing else, that’s a juicy pairing.
Here are some details from the article:
Sources tell Variety that Cooper is in talks to join Eastwood in “The Mule,” Eastwood’s next directing gig that he also plans to star in.
The film is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Imperative Entertainment, and will mark Eastwood’s first acting job since the 2012 baseball drama “Trouble With the Curve.” This could also be one of his final on-screen appearances.
The movie is based on a 2014 New York Times Magazine feature by Sam Dolnick and follows Earl Stone (Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive — easy enough. But unbeknownst to Earl, he’s signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel, and also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Cooper).
Eastwood will also produce via his Malpaso banner, along with Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, and Todd Hoffman are exec producing.
Cooper has been busy putting the finishing touches on his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” but sources say he has also been looking for his next project. He will next helm and star in the Leonard Bernstein biopic “Bernstein.”
As mentioned in the piece, this may very well be the last time we see Eastwood in front of the camera. If so, that will give the baity project one more reason to anticipate it. Could it be an Oscar contender too? Time will tell.