A raft of actors have reportedly signed on for roles in Adam Jones, a comedy directed by John Wells. Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Daniel Bruhl, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander and Emma Thompson are said to be joining Bradley Cooper in the film about a chef fighting to revive his career.
Cooper officially confirmed his part in the project in May 2013, just in time for the annual Weinstein Company presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. The production was then called ‘Chef’, but its title has since been changed following the successful release of Jon Favreau’s cook comeback story.
Adam Jones sees Cooper play a Paris-based chef who ruins his reputation during a period of decadent, out-of-control behaviour. He decides to take a break to get sober and returns to the kitchen in a bid to gain a third Michelin star. According to the UK’s Daily Mail and Metro newspapers, the Oscar-nominee has already sought help from Gordon Ramsay and even spent the day training at a top restaurant in London.
Cooper, however, is no stranger to working with food and sharp knives on set. He was the lead in the short-lived TV series Kitchen Confidential. Interestingly, the plot of Adam Jones sounds very similar to that of the 2005 show.
The other characters have yet to be revealed, but the ensemble cast is already generating plenty of buzz. Dornan is becoming a household name thanks to 50 Shades of Grey. Meanwhile Sy, Vikander and Bruhl are well-known rising talents in European cinema and Hollywood.
Wells earned critical acclaim for his last directorial – and only second – feature, August: Osage County. As for screenwriter Steven Knight, he is making the shift from tense drama (Eastern Promises, Locke) to light-hearted fun.
Adam Jones is expected to hit cinema screens sometime next year.