Bradley Cooper will return to the CBS series “Limitless” in an upcoming episode, the network announced Friday.
Cooper will appear on the Oct. 27 episode Eddie Morra, the role he originated in the 2011 film of the same name.
Today was the premiere of the TV Show Limitless, based on the Movie that Bradley starred in 2011. Bradley has a small cameo on the Pilot, and he’s set to appear in other episodes. He’s also a producer of the show, so he’ll be involved in it. Here are screen captures from his part:
CBS’ thrilling new adventure series Limitless has a familiar launching point — its source material is the 2011 sleeper hit — but they’ve also got something even better: Bradley Cooper.
The show, like the movie, follows a struggling burnout who comes across a dangerous super-drug that drastically raises his IQ and grants him temporarily heightened mental abilities. In the film, the protagonist was a frustrated author named Eddie Morra, played by Cooper; in the CBS series, it’s Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) who uses the drug to help local law enforcement crack cases.
“We knew Bradley Cooper was going to be involved, and so it seemed like if we wanted the option of having him on screen, we shouldn’t recast the role of Eddie Morra, and that informed it to a certain extent,” executive producer Craig Sweeny said. “But we would have done it that way regardless … why not tell the story of somebody else’s direction [with the drug]?”
The pilot makes good on the promise that Cooper will appear on the series, as his character — now a presidential hopeful — visits Brian and helps him come to terms with the precarious power of NZT-48. Art imitated life, as McDorman revealed that a conversation with Cooper was instrumental in talking him into the role.
“I got the scripts from my agents with a note [that said] Bradley thinks you’d be great for the lead, and I totally didn’t believe them at all,” said a bashful McDorman. “I actually got to meet with Bradley about it and he pitched the show. His enthusiasm was contagious. He was really, really excited to reprise his role as Eddie and really excited where Craig was taking the universe. We kind of nerded out about expanding the universe of the movie into something that you can now explore and play with for hours and hours, week to week.”
Cooper isn’t just a producer on the series in vanity; executive producer Alex Kurtzman explained that the actor, despite enjoying a busy film and theater season this year, received every script and, especially in the pilot phase, was instrumental in crafting Brian’s journey. “We always liked the idea [that Brian] has to save somebody in the pilot and make this deal with the devil,” he said. “Originally it was a girlfriend, and Bradley said it’s a really interesting idea but it’s not as emotional as saving a father. And that was a big turn. He was very involved in real, critical DNA of the show.”
However, the two protagonists are starkly different in their approach to their new abilities. In the film, Eddie is at first more intent on finishing his novel with his heightened abilities, while Brian almost immediately realizes he can use his power to help his ailing father. Now, Eddie has set his sights on the White House, which can conveniently help explain why Cooper will only recur on the series sporadically.
“He’s about to be a presidential candidate,” said McDorman. “He wouldn’t have the time to be sitting in a safehouse all the time.”
“Bradley really has been so committed to the show. He has every intention of coming back. We’ve been talking quite a bit about how,” added Kurtzman. “A lot of the pilot sets up for you [that] he will be this mysterious figure. You can’t tell if he’s good or if he’s bad … but Eddie will return.”
Limitless premieres on September 22 on CBS.
The 2015 Tony Awards Nominations were announced earlier this week and Bradley received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his work in “The Elephant Man“. He shares the category with Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Ben Miles (Wolf Hall Parts One & Two), Bill Nighy (Skylight), and Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). The play also received nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Patricia Clarkson), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Alessandro Nivola). The Tony Awards will be held on June 7, 2015. Bradley attended the Nominees Reception and we have added the high quality images in our gallery.
Bradley’s Broadway play “The Elephant Man” had it’s opening night yesterday evening. We have added the high quality images of Bradley posing at the red carpet for the after party. We also added images of him during his performance.
Bradley and his “The Elephant Man” Broadway co-stars Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson are featured in Vogue’s December 2014 cover (with Amy Adams on the cover). We have added the photoshoot outtake and magazine scans in our gallery.
Bradley Cooper—in the role that inspired him to become an actor—leads an ensemble production of The Elephant Man on Broadway.
Extreme beauty and extreme ugliness have a similar effect on us: We can’t seem to turn our gaze from either. Perhaps that has something to do with why it’s become customary for unusually handsome actors to play disfigured historical characters, from Daniel Day-Lewis as the cerebral-palsy sufferer Christy Brown in My Left Foot to Eddie Redmayne as the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking in the recently released The Theory of Everything. Onstage, the go-to part in this category for the last 35 years has been John Merrick, the horribly deformed Victorian Englishman at the heart of The Elephant Man, Bernard Pomerance’s durable 1977 biographical drama. This month, Bradley Cooper follows in the lurching footsteps of a long line of easy-on-the-eyes leading men, including David Bowie and Billy Crudup, to don a white loincloth, contort his features, and—without the help of makeup or prosthetics—bring to life the benighted, misshapen man who became the toast of 1880s London society, as The Elephant Man returns to Broadway.
“The Elephant Man” had it’s first preview last night on Broady. We have added the photos of Bradley in our gallery. The official opening will be on December 7. Be sure to head over to Broadway.com to buy your tickets!
Bradley attended the “The Elephant Man” Broadway Cast Photo Call yesterday in New York. We have added the first high quality images in our gallery.