Continuing on, there is also an adaptation of William Styron's novel "Lie Down in Darkness" on Cooper's plate, a story that will carry a personal touch as it's set in his native Virginia. A Southern Gothic tale in the tradition of William Faulkner, the novel tells the story of the dysfunctional Loftis family, and particularly patriarch Milton and wife Helen on the day they set out to bury their daughter Peyton.
"I wrote the script just after 'Crazy Heart,' but with that one, it really comes down to cast," he says. "When you're casting a family, all the elements have to come together perfectly and delicately. I'm in the process of talking to a number of actors and actresses."
A premature report last August announced Kristen Stewart as attached in the role of Peyton, but Cooper says there was no truth to it. He'd like to first cast the role of Milton and move on from there.