In last year’s Limitless — which, for my buck, was 105 minutes of energetically polished entertainment — Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), playing a down-on-his-luck writer who gets revived by an unsolicited mystery drug, was able to stretch his acting muscles more so than any previous film in his thus-far brief career. In his upcoming The Words, which is scheduled to close the fast-approaching Sundance Film Festival, Cooper has once again been roped in by the role of a struggling writer who gets caught up in a tangle of dangerous conspiracy. The film, co-written and co-directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, has received a handsome-looking poster that can be seen in full-size below. [EW]

We featured the first-look image above from the film back in November, which also introduced us to Zoe Saldana, who will play Cooper‘s wife. The rest of the supporting cast of isn’t too shabby, either — Jeremy Irons (solid in J.C. Chandor‘s celebrated Margin Call), Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde round out the names that received poster-level billing.

From the looks of things, Irons will perhaps be the most-present supporting player in the film. He plays “a Hemingway-esque writer” whose “lost masterwork,” via “a valise” that Zaldana‘s character comes across “in an antiques shop,” ends up in the hands of Cooper‘s inspiration-riddled Rory.

Call me crazy, but this first-glance info actually has perked my interest quite a bit. As I said, I was on board with Limitless — particularly for the impressive Cooper showcase that it largely was — and if this sounds like more of the same, well, that’s fine by me. Be sure to click here to remind yourself of some of the other titles we’re eager to take in at this year’s Sundance fest.

Sundance 2012 kicks off on January 19thFollow our complete coverage from the fest here.

Are you as intrigued as I am by The Words‘ poster and premise?

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