Thesps join dramatic thriller ensemble

EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Wilde’s feature career continues to heat up, with the “Cowboys & Aliens” star joining the ensemble of the dramatic thriller “The Words,” which stars Bradley Cooper.

Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”), John Hannah (“The Mummy”), J.K. Simmons (“Juno”) and French thesp Nora Arnezeder (“Safe House”) have also joined the cast, which already includes Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid.

Project reunites Wilde with “Tron: Legacy” scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, who are making their directorial debut. Duo’s script, which appeared on the Black List, follows a successful writer who discovers he has to pay a price for stealing another man’s work.

Though Wilde doesn’t share any scenes with Cooper, she plays a character who’s key to what ensues.

Michael Benaroya (“Margin Call”) is producing through his Benaroya Pictures banner, along with Animus Films’ Jim Young and Serena Films’ Tatiana Kelly. Laura Rister is exec producing with Cassian Elwes under their joint venture, Waterfall Media.

Lisa Wilson’s Parlay Films is handling international sales, with Waterfall and Untitled repping U.S. rights.

In addition to starring alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the Jon Favreau-helmed “Cowboys & Aliens,” Wilde has wrapped roles in five other films including the Weinstein Co. comedy “Butter,” Universal’s laffer “The Change-Up,” Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller “In Time,” the DreamWorks drama “Welcome to People” and the indie thriller “Blackbird.”

Wilde is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and attorney P.J. Shapiro. Gersh reps Simmons, while ICM and Luber Roklin Entertainment rep Barnes. Hannah is repped by Innovative Artists and Artist Rights Group.

Arnezeder is repped by CAA, Principal Entertainment and Paris-based Adequat.

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