'Paradise Lost' Found Its Lucifer in Bradley Cooper

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UPDATE: Bradley Cooper confirmed to The Huffington Post that indeed he will be playing Lucifer in an adaptation of "Paradise Lost."


"Paradise Lost" was kind of like the "Lord of the Rings" of its time. Written in 1674 by English wordsmith John Milton, the lengthy poem tells the tale of an epic war in Heaven, fought between the archangel Michael and Lucifer that led to the eventual fall of Adam and Eve.

Wait, did someone say "epic war?" Someone call Hollywood!

Too late -- Legendary Pictures is moving steadily on a cinematic adaptation of "Paradise Lost," enlisting "I, Robot" and "Knowing" director Alex Proyas to helm the film and, according to Variety, Bradley Cooper is in early talks to play the fallen angel, Lucifer. Since hitting it big with last year's "The Hangover," Cooper has been in high demand, starring in a range of pictures from "Valentine's Day" to "A-Team" to "Limitless" to a sequel to his summer comedy hit. The man is everywhere and, now, he's going to Heaven.

The movie is planned as an all-out action fantasy with an emphasis on aerial warfare. If last year's "Legion" didn't fill your hunger for winged angels swooping around the skies beating the living crap out of each other, "Paradise Lost" sounds more than ready to provide.

The film was originally written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, but was recently polished by Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter for a few little movies called "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Maybe you've heard of them.

The charismatic Cooper is a good fit for the devilish anti-hero of "Paradise Lost," and should put this religious action movie on the fast track to completion. That is, as long as all hell doesn't break loose beforehand.

(Originally published on May 5, 2011, at 10: 25 a.m. ET)