A host of big names continue to be linked with David O. Russell’s new film, an adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel The Silver Linings Playbook .
Russell regular Mark Wahlberg was initially thought to be taking the lead role, but word on the street is The Fighter star has now dropped in order to star in Allen Hughes’ Broken City .
However, Russell has been quick to move for a replacement, with Deadline naming Bradley Cooper as the man set to fill Wahlberg’s shoes. Meanwhile, Cooper’s Limitless co-star Robert De Niro is also believed to be in talks over a supporting role.
One piece of concrete casting news is the confirmation of Jennifer Lawrence as the project’s female lead. The Hunger Games star reportedly shut out a slew of Hollywood starlets to bag the role, with Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively and Rachel McAdams all said to have been in the running.
Anne Hathaway had initially been pencilled in for the role, before her Dark Knight Rises scheduling meant she, like Wahlberg, was also forced to drop out.
The film will follow the story of a former high-school teacher recovering from a breakdown, who becomes determined to find the positives in his life following his release from a mental health facility.
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