‘Is This Thing On?’: Bradley Cooper To Direct And Co-Star With Will Arnett In New Searchlight Film

Bradley Cooper is really digging into the directorial side of his career, but doing so in a way that also keeps him in front of the camera. Following his debut with A Star is Born, Cooper has Maestro headed to Netflix in a few months. Before that film is even finished, Cooper has already lined up his third effort behind the camera, and he’ll be bringing along a longtime friend to join him.

Deadline reports Cooper will direct and star in Is This Thing On?, from his longtime friend Will Arnett, who will co-star and also co-wrote the script with Mark Chappell.  The Searchlight Pictures project will likely see Cooper do some rewriting on the screenplay, but none of that can happen while the WGA strike is going on, so things are on hold for the moment.

As for the plot? It’s being kept under wraps for now.

The next time we see Cooper it will be in Maestro, which has awards season buzz surrounding it. He was most recently heard reprising the voice of Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but before that he hadn’t had a starring role since Nightmare Alley. Arnett can be seen next in Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins alongside Michael Fassbender.


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