Anna Friel is in negotiations to join the cast of Dark Fields, which already includes Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friel will play Cooper's ex-wife in the Neil Burger-directed thriller.
Cooper plays a down-and-out writer who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes one smarter. Despite sudden financial and social success, he soon discovers that the drug has lethal and lasting side effects. Before long, mysterious antagonists are pursuing him.
Universal will distribute via Relativity's Rogue Pictures.
Fields is produced by Leslie Dixon and Scott Kroopf as well as Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity's Tucker Tooley will serve as executive producer.
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Robert De Niro will join Bradley Cooper in Relativity Media's suspense thriller The Dark Fields.
The project starts shooting in Philadelphia in May and is, notes Variety, the first big-screen deal the actor has made since he switched from WME to CAA in January.
The story centers on a down-and-out NYC writer who comes into possession of a designer drug that gives him newfound intelligence and success. De Niro will play a brilliant financial mogul who begins pursuing Cooper's character, Variety explains.
Neil Burger is directing. Scott Kroopf, Leslie Dixon and Ryan Kavanaugh are producing while Tucker Tooley is exec producing. Dixon wrote the screenplay based on a novel by Alan Glynn.