- Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper are reuniting for a new spy flick titled Best of Enemies, based on a 2018 book.
- The movie will feature Cooper as CIA agent Jack Platt and Bale as KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko during the Cold War.
- While the director is yet to be announced, Cooper may helm the film following the success of A Star is Born and Maestro.
Academy Award winner Christian Bale will reunite with his American Hustle co-star, Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, for a new spy flick. Amazon Studios and MGM Studios won the rights to the project, which is titled Best of Enemies, with Amazon reportedly beating “eight bidders,” including Warner Bros. Pictures, and plan to release the movie theatrically.
A report by Deadline reveals that Best of Enemies will be based on the 2018 book Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Eric Dezenhall and Gus Russo and will find Bradley Cooper starring as CIA agent Jack Platt alongside Christan Bale as KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko. Best of Enemies has been written by Eric Warren Singer (Top Gun: Maverick, American Hustle), and while no director has yet been announced, it is possible that Cooper will be sought to helm the movie following the success of 2018’s A Star is Born and this year’s Maestro.
You can check out the synopsis for the Best of Enemies book below, which should offer some idea of the sort of ground the movie will cover.
“In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, DC intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA’s counterintelligence office and Gennady out of the Soviet Embassy. Both men, already notorious iconoclasts within their respective agencies, were assigned to seduce the other into betraying his country in the urgent final days of the Cold War, but instead the men ended up becoming the best of friends-blood brothers.”
Best of Enemies sounds like the perfect project for Bale and Cooper and should provide a gripping spy flick centered on these star-crossed companions.
Bradley Cooper Will Next Direct & Star in Awards-Favorite, Maestro
Bradley Cooper currently has the award season in his sights, with the actor and director a current favorite to be nominated in several categories for his work on the Netflix biopic, Maestro. Set to be released on Netflix on 20 December, this fearless love story chronicles the complicated lifelong relationship between music legend Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.
While there has been some controversy over Cooper’s decision to play the role using a prosthetic nose, the critical response to Maestro has been overwhelmingly positive, with the movie currently sitting at 81% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by Bradley Cooper from a screenplay he co-wrote with Josh Singer, Maestro finds Cooper also in the lead as American conductor, composer, pianist, author, and humanitarian Leonard Bernstein alongside Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre. The rest of the cast includes Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, Magic Mike’s Last Dance), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things, Do Revenge), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph, Don’t Look Up), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Shrinking), Gideon Glick (The Pale Blue Eye, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Sam Nivola (White Noise), Miriam Shor (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), and Alexa Swinton (And Just Like That…, Old).
Christian Bale, meanwhile, can currently be heard providing a voice for the Golden Globe nominated Studio Ghibli movie, The Boy and the Heron, alongside Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Dave Bautista, Florence Pugh, and more. Check out the trailer for The Boy and the Heron below.