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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy In Talks for Weinstein Company's 'Chef,' with Derek Cianfrance at Helm

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2013 at 12:04PM

Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.
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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.

Both Cooper and Sy had a big year in 2012, the former nominated for an Oscar in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and the latter starring in France's box office hit and Foreign-Language Oscar entry "The Intouchables." "Chef" would be Sy's first foray into an English-language project. Cooper can be seen in Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines" when it hits theaters on March 29.

"Chef," which is written by "Eastern Promises" screenwriter Steven Knight, was first unveiled at the American Film Market back in November. The Weinstein Company has both international and U.S. distribution rights, and is also producing.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.