Bradley Cooper Is Putting Together A ‘Ghost Army’ For WWII Tale
Bradley Cooper Is Putting Together A 'Ghost Army' For WWII Tale
While “Aloha” might’ve been a stumble, that film’s failures are resting on the shoulders of Cameron Crowe, not Bradley Cooper, who is showing no signs of slowing down. This year you’ll see him on the small screen in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp” and “Limitless” (yep, based on his sleeper hit movie), as well as on the big screen in two awards season contenders: the chef world set “Adam Jones” and the Jennifer Lawrence starrer “Joy.” And like any smart actor around town, Cooper is making sure he’s got lots of irons in the fire.
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The latest project brewing for the actor is “Ghost Army.” Producing the project via his 22 & Green shingle alongside “American Sniper” exec Andrew Lazar, this venture seems to have shades of “Argo” telling the true story of a WWII unit dedicated to fooling the enemy with inflatable tanks, fake soldiers and much more. It’s based on the book “The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery” by Rick Beyer (who also directed a documentary about the subject) and Elizabeth Sayles and you can check out the synopsis below:
In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs—including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey—landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound-effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience.
From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Between missions the artists filled their duffel bags with drawings and paintings and dragged them across Europe. Every move they made was top secret and their story was hushed up for decades after the war’s end. The Ghost Army of World War II is the first publication to tell the full story of how a traveling road show of artists wielding imagination, paint, and bravado saved thousands of American lives.
Henry Gayden (“Earth To Echo“) will be writing the script, and of course, the idea is that Cooper will star in the movie, but it will depend on how this all develops. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the “Ghost Army” doc below. [Deadline]
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