British rising star Dominic Cooper – not his “Captain America” co-star Chris Evans – will be headlining Warner Bros’ ambitious revenge thriller “Motor City” for director Albert Hughes, reports Variety. The trade further reports it was Cooper’s revelatory double role as Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia in Sundance hit “The Devil’s Double” that made producer Joel Silver ultimately decide on him. It’s quite a coup for the young actor, after names like Evans, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Renner were previously reported to be in consideration for the part.
Cooper will star as a sort of modern day Count of Monte Cristo, a small time crook who is framed for a crime and sent to prison and seeks revenge on those who set him up upon his release. The innovative and ambitious aspect of “Motor City”, a 2009 Black List script from Chad St John, is that it is virtually dialogue-free, containing only one spoken line throughout its feature length story.
Cooper played Iron Man’s father Howard Stark in this summer’s blockbuster “Captain America: The First Avenger” and recently wrapped Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” He’ll next be seen as famed Monroe photographer Milton H. Greene in Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn”, which is already garnering positive buzz ahead of its premiere at the New York Film Festival next week.