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.