Bradley Cooper is heading back to war, aided by his cinematic band of brothers. The American Sniper actor will produce Warner Bros.’ upcoming Ghost Army, alongside Sniper producer Andrew Lazar and The Hangover director Todd Phillips. Deadline first reported the news, and a rep for Cooper confirmed his involvement to EW.
The film will be based on the recently-published book, The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery, by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles. The story follows the true events of a top-secret group of artists and designers—”Cecil B. DeMille warriors,” as they were called—recruited to fool the Nazis during World War II. Using diversions such as inflatable tanks, phony radio traffic, and dummy soldiers, the troops managed to save thousands of Allied lives by tricking the enemy into thinking their flimsy ghost army was the real thing.
Beyer also wrote and directed a 2013 documentary about the unit (see trailer below), but Henry Gayden (Earth To Echo) will script the screenplay for the feature film.
While there’s no confirmation on whether Cooper will star in Ghost Army, the actor’s upcoming schedule is crowded with on-screen projects. Cooper will next be seen in John Wells’ culinary drama Adam Jones, followed by Joy, which reunites him with Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell. In addition, he’s reportedly in talks to make his directing debut with another Warner Bros. film, A Star Is Born, where he would also take on the lead. The most recent news comes on the heels of the announcement that Cooper will produce the Syfy adaptation of Hyperion with Phillips.