ComingSoon.net has received an unconfirmed tip that Elizabeth Banks (Role Models, Betty Brant in the "Spider-Man" movies) is in talks to play the female lead opposite Bradley Cooper in director Neil Burger's Dark Fields.
The film, based on the book by Alan Glynn, follows a down-and-out writer (Cooper) who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes one smarter. He experiences sudden financial and social success but soon discovers that the drug has lethal and lasting side effects. Before long, mysterious antagonists are pursuing him.
The production has also brought on director of photography Jo Willems (30 Days of Night), VFX guru Christopher Scollard (Fight Club) and production designer Carlos Barbosa ("24").
Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair), who wrote the script, will produce with Scott Kroopf and Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity's Tucker Tooley will executive produce.
Universal will distribute via Relativity's Rogue Pictures.