Thesp joins Bradley Cooper in suspense thriller

Robert De Niro has signed on to star opposite Bradley Cooper in Relativity Media’s suspense thriller “The Dark Fields.”

Project, which begins lensing in Philadelphia in May, marks the first bigscreen deal inked by De Niro since he switched from WME to CAA in January.

Story centers on a down-and-out Gotham writer (Cooper) who comes into possession of a designer drug that gives him newfound intelligence and success. De Niro will play a brilliant financial mogul who begins pursuing Cooper’s character.

Neil Burger will direct the pic, which is being produced by Scott Kroopf, Leslie Dixon and Ryan Kavanaugh. Tucker Tooley is exec producing.

Film, which will be distributed by Universal, is based on a novel by Alan Glynn. Dixon penned the screenplay.

De Niro has a trio of films in the can: U’s “Little Fockers,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” and the indie “Stone.”

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