There’s no denying the star status Bradley Cooper acquired after breaking out in The Hangover. Sure, the then up-and-comer was previously seen in Wedding Crashers and Yes Man, but it was Todd Phillips‘ comedy that brought him to the worldwide spotlight. Fast forward a few years later and the actor is now in the awards spotlight thanks to David O. Russell and his family drama Silver Linings Playbook, with offers coming left and right.

The latest comes from Warner Bros., who have picked up James Renner‘s novel The Man from Primrose Lane, with intentions for Cooper to lead and produce the crime thriller, according to Deadline. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane producer and Paranormal Activity 4 writer Chad Feehan will be adapting the project, which even sounds to have a neat sci-fi-tinged twist. Cooper has been lining up more substational roles with The Place Beyond the Pines, new projects from O. Russell and Cameron Crowe, and hopefully this follows suit. Check out the synopsis from Amazon below.

In West Akron, Ohio, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day, someone murdered him.

Fast-forward four years. David Neff, the bestselling author of a true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is a broken man after his wife’s inexplicable suicide. When an unexpected visit from an old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of “the man with a thousand mittens,” David decides to investigate. What he finds draws him back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. And the closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife.

Deviously plotted and full of dark wit, James Renner’s The Man from Primrose Lane is an audacious debut that boasts as many twists as a roller coaster. But beneath its turns, it’s a spellbinding story about our obsessions: the dangerous sway they have over us and the fates of those we love.

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