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Actor Bradley Cooper made the rounds in Hollywood over the past decade, but it wasn’t until the 2009 comedy The Hangover that he became a household name. Since then, he’s starred in and led several pictures, including The A-Team, Valentine’s Day, and most recently the surprisingly successful action flick Limitless.
Now he looks to fill the vacant shoes of a role that’s already been given an iconic performance by Brandon Lee before his passing. Deadline Hollywood reports that Cooper currently negotiates to play Eric Draven, the man seeking to avenge the his and his fiancée's death, in an upcoming remake of The Crow to be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). This remake currently plans to start production this fall.
The actor’s meteoric rise to fame and plethora of high-profile roles as of late suggest that we have a full-fledged leading man on our hands, but it could be just another example of Hollywood trying to push a certain individual into that archetype.
The role of Eric Draven is a bit of a freaky one seeing as the character dies and comes back to life and in Alex Proyas' 1994 version, it claimed the life of the original's star, Brandon Lee. In one of Hollywood's most tragic and eerie stories, Lee died on set when a real gun was used instead of a prop gun and a bullet head that was still in the chamber lodged itself in his spinal cord.
Regardless, the big question here is could Bradley Cooper pull off the part of a dark and deranged make up-covered vigilante?