Set to be directed by David O. Russell, the film will adapt Matthew Quick's novel, officially described as follows:
Pat Peoples, the endearing narrator of this touching and funny debut, is down on his luck. The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months––rather than four years––and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their apart time is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired.
Cooper was, last December, rumored to star, but subsequent plans called for Mark Wahlberg to take the role instead. Now it seems that scheduling conflicts have removed Wahlberg from the equation.
If Cooper and De Niro sign on, they will join Jennifer Lawrence as the the female lead (replacing the formerly-rumored Anne Hathaway) in the production, which is targeting a start date of later this year.
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