SCHENECTADY A-list Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper, star of “The Hangover” and its upcoming sequel, “The Hangover Part II,” has signed on to co-star in a movie that will begin filming in Schenectady this summer, according to industry trade journals.
Cooper is joining Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” an independently produced film. The title is a near-translation of the Mohawk word for Schenectady. In Mohawk, Schenectady means “on that side of the pinery,” or “near the pines,” or “place beyond the pine plains.”
Derek Cianfrance is directing. He also directed “Blue Valentine,” in which Gosling starred. Variety and HuffPost Entertainment are reporting the news, calling the film a multi-generational crime drama
Don Rittner, chairman of the Schenectady Film Commission, said the film will happen, but he is not certain when production will begin.
Cooper will play a rookie cop who tries to capture Gosling’s character, a motorcycle rider who gets into the art of bank robbing to support his child.
Cianfrance told TheFilmStage: “It’s a very personal movie about a motorcycle stunt rider who finds out he’s a father. It’s a story that takes place over a few generations that takes place in Schenectady, New York. It’s kind of a crime movie that’s very much inspired by Jack London books.”
Cooper’s latest film, “The Hangover Part II,” is coming out Memorial Day. He is also scheduled to play Lucifer in an adaptation of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”
Gosling was nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award as best leading actor for the 2006 independent film “Half Nelson.” He also was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for his lead performance in “Lars and the Real Girl” in 2007 and earned a Golden Globe nomination for the independent drama “Blue Valentine” in 2010.