Bradley Cooper’s star has been on the rise for quite some time and now it seems to finally have hit heaven. After being in talks to take on the role of the Fallen Angel in May, it looks like it’s official per Entertainment Weekly.
EW is reporting that Cooper is set to star as Lucifer himself in Paradise Lost, Alex Proyas’ adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem written way back in 1667. The poem tells the story of how Lucifer leads a rebellion against God and the archangel Michael, which leads to his eventual banishment from heaven.
The film will be shot in Sydney, Australia with its aim on a 2013 release date.
The Pulse: I’ve been a fan of Cooper since his days on Alias. He’s got a natural charisma that just makes him someone you want to see more of. When The Hangover became such a huge success back in 2009, suddenly Bradley Cooper was the new fresh face in town, even though he’d been there quite a while. In 2010 he starred in The A-Team, and while the film failed to draw at the box-office, it showed that Cooper could do action and do it well. Taking on the role of Lucifer is something a great many actors have done before, however, this is an origin story that has yet to be told in this way and I don’t think there’s a better actor to play the part than Cooper.
Paradise Lost sounds like it has the chance to be an absolutely amazing film. There’s little worry of poor direction with Proyas at the helm, and while the who they cast in the other crucial roles is important, the true measure of the movie’s success or failure mainly rests with how well the story is told. The most recent film about archangel Michael was Legion, which was a complete bust both critically and at the box-office. With poor acting and poor storytelling the film had nothing to stand on and fell through the cracks. Paradise Lost looks to be on the right track, as one of the writers on board is Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the screen plays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Arc.
What do you guys think about this news? Is this a film that has you intrigued? Do you think Bradley Cooper was the right choice to play the charismatic Lucifer? Who would you like to see oppose him as the archangel Michael? Sound off below!