But a source tells Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman that Russell's next project will likely be "The Silver Linings Playbook," a film which the director was first attached to back in 2008. More importantly, Anne Hathaway has reportedly already signed on to play the female lead, while Bradley Cooper is being courted for the male lead.
If 411's source is correct, Cooper would be playing Pat Peoples, a man in a neural health facility who comes up with a theory about silver linings. Basically, he determines that God is producing a movie that is his life, and by becoming physically fit and emotionally supportive, Pat will get his happy ending in the form of his estranged wife Nikki returning to him. Hathaway would be playing Tiffany, a widowed and depressed woman who agrees to act as a liaison between Pat and Nikki as long as Pat gives up watching football, performs at the Dance Away Depression competition and doesn't tell anyone about their agreement.
This sounds like a better segue from "The Fighter," which I saw last week and thought was absolutely fabulous (much better than the trailers suggest). Going straight from a drama with serious Oscar chops to a video game adaptation -- even one as exciting as "Uncharted" -- might not be the best career move, and "The Silver Linings Playbook" sounds like a good halfway point.
Would you rather see Russell direct "Uncharted" or "Silver Linings" first?