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Bradley Cooper signs on as tough, WWI-era cop in 'Dark Invasion'

Back in 1916, German saboteurs were responsible for a number of fires and bombings that shocked the country. Ultimately, their attacks played a large role in deploying American troops to Europe in World War I, but now, the story is about to get an update-and Bradley Cooper is tagging along for the ride.

Bradley Cooper signs on as tough, WWI-era cop in ‘Dark Invasion’

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Actors Elisabeth Rohm, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence accept the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for ´American Hustle´ onstage during the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Actors Elisabeth Rohm, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence accept the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for 'American Hustle' onstage during the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Getty

Back in 1916, German saboteurs were responsible for a number of fires and bombings that shocked the country. Ultimately, their attacks played a large role in deploying American troops to Europe in World War I, but now, the story is about to get an update—and Bradley Cooper is tagging along for the ride. Things are about to get historical up in here. 

Cooper has signed on to play Tom Tunney, the film’s protagonist and an apparent “cunning Irish cop,” from the film’s description. Warner Bros. recently acquired the rights to the story, which come from an as-yet-unreleased book sharing the Dark Invasion moniker. Cooper also will produce.

Essentially, Cooper’s newest effort will explore the hunt for the “first terrorist cell in America” prior to American’s entry into World War I. Tunney, whom Cooper will presumably portray sans Jehri Curl, was the man who headed up the hunt to stop ze Germans from unleashing a biological attack, bombing the Capitol, or assinating one of the US’s captains of industry. See that? Historical. 

Taylor Sheridan, of Deputy Hale on Sons of Anarchy fame, will pen the script, so expect this one to the thoroughly gritty. Shooting presumably will begin once Cooper wraps up his role as the Elephant Man on the eponymous Broadway play.

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