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Bradley Cooper exits The Crow remake

Bradley Cooper

Story by Jack Foley

BRADLEY Cooper has reportedly left the remake of The Crow, the supernatural action movie based on the 1990s comic.

According to sources on the project, Cooper was forced to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is to direct the remake during the first quarter of next year (2012) when Cooper – who has David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook shooting this autumn – is committed to Legendary’s Paradise Lost.

But two new names have already emerged as likely contenders for Cooper’s spot: Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg.

Walhberg has a previous association with The Crow having been offered the part last year in a deal that was never finalised.

But he is also busy, having signed on to Universal’s 2 Guns action adventure last week and working with Russell Crowe on Broken City.

Tatum, meanwhile, is locked into a GI Joe sequel and has other projects at the development stage, including a film from Steven Soderbergh loosely based on his early career.

The Crow focuses on a musician who is murdered while trying to save his fiancée from thugs and who is brought back from the dead by supernatural forces to seek revenge.

The role was first played by Brandon Lee, who was killed by a freak accident during production of the original movie in 1993.

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