Six weeks of Hollywood excitement starts at 5 a.m. Monday when actor Bradley Cooper reports for hair and makeup for the thriller The Dark Fields, which will be shot here through the end of May.
Director Neil Burger and company are due in Philly this weekend after two weeks in Manhattan, the setting of the flick. Paparazzi had a ball snapping the Rydal-raised Cooper and girlfriend Renée Zellweger. Keep in mind that in New York, the scenes were exteriors. In Philly, they will be mostly indoors, so the most that you'll be able to see on most days will be trucks and techs. Hardly prime gawking.
First-day locations include the Marathon Grill at 1818 Market St. and the Beneficial Bank at 1139 Chestnut St.
Cooper, who has obtained a downtown condo for the duration, plays a struggling writer who gets a career boost after he takes a miracle drug.
Robert De Niro, whose nine days' work starts midmonth, stars as a businessman chasing Cooper's character.
Also cast are Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Andrew Howard. Shooting is to end May 28.
The film's projected release is March 18, 2011.