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Dominic Cooper revs up ‘Motor City’

'Devil's Double' turn wins Cooper a role in Albert Hughes' next project

Dominic Cooper’s highly praised dueling role in “The Devil’s Double” is already paying dividends, as the thesp is in negotiations to star in Joel Silver’s revenge thriller “Motor City” for Dark Castle and Warner Bros.

Pic, financed by Dark Castle and distributed by WB, has become a priority for the studio ever since Albert Hughes came on to direct. Hughes had been attached to direct “Akira” for WB but eventually dropped out before moving on to “Motor City.”

Story follows a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him. Chad St. John penned the script with Silver producing through his Silver Pictures shingle, along with Silver Pictures President Andrew Rona.

Cooper has had a busy summer with “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Devil’s Double”; sources tell Variety that Silver was so taken with Cooper’s double-role as Uday Hussein/Latif Yahia in “Double” that he reached out to him for “Motor City.”

Thesp can next be seen in the Weinstein Co.’s “My Week With Marilyn” as well as Fox’s “Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” set to bow next summer.

Cooper is repped by CAA and Markham, Froggatt & Irwin in the UK.

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