Dominic Cooper‘s career is slowly going from strength to strength. He’s showed his range through supporting roles in a variety of films, from 2008 musical “Mamma Mia” and 2009 Oscar-nominated drama An Education, to box office hit “Captain America: The First Avenger” and this year’s Oscar contender “My Week With Marilyn” and we think 2012 is definitely going to be the year to watch him gain leading man status.
He’ll be headlining revenge thriller “Motor City” alongside Amber Heard and take on the role of Abraham Lincoln’s vampire mentor Henry Sturgess in the revisionist tale “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (due out in June 2012).
But up next he’ll be moving back to Romantic Leading Man territory, with a role in Jonathan Smith’s “Summer In February”, alongside fellow British actors Dan Stevens and Ophelia Lovibond.
Cooper’s cast mates are fast rising British stars, with Stevens an audience favourite of British TV show “Downton Abbey.” His first taste of Hollywood will come next year, in Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps”, with Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter. Lovibond is most famous for her role in “Mr Popper’s Penguins” and British film “4,3,2,1″.
“Summer in February” will be adapted from the novel of the same name by Smith, and will be directed by Christopher Menual. The story follows Cooper’s Alfred Munnings, as he falls in loves with Florence (Lovibond) and his best friend Gilbert (Stevens) falls in love with her at the same time. A “love triangle set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England in the early 20th century”, Deadline reports that the film is set to begin production in January.