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Bradley Cooper to produce film about 1980s Nevada casino extortion plot

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Actor Bradley Cooper already has his next big project in the works. According to the Toronto Sun Saturday, the “American Hustle” star is set to produce a film highlighting the exploits of the 1980s Nevada casino extortion plot. Cooper will be reuniting with “The Hangover” trilogy producer Todd Phillips.

The film will be based on the non-fiction article by Adam Higginbotham titled “A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite,” and will follow the attempts of the police to disarm a bomb found underneath the Harvey’s Wagon Wheel Casino in 1980. The FBI detonated the bomb after the building was emptied to avoid any casualty or injury.

In the article originally published by The Atavist, Higginbotham details the real-life account of California landscaper John Birges, who was charged and found guilty of planting the bomb as a part of his extortion plot worth $3 million. He was sentenced to life in prison before dying in 1996 to liver cancer.

The project will be overseen by Warner Bros executive Andy Fischel and will team Cooper and Phillips up once again. The duo is also teaming up in the production of WB’s “Arms the Dudes. Phillips will serve as the director in that film. Both projects will be just the beginning of a string of project Cooper and Phillips will work on together after signing a three-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros back in May.

Besides starring in “American Hustle”, the 39-year-old Cooper recently voiced the character of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and has starring roles in two upcoming films. He stars Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and also in a romantic comedy by Cameron Crowe set in Hawaii. The two-time Oscar nominee also has a film in the works that will team him once again with “American Hustle” co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

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