Casting Net: Bradley Cooper attached to WWI thriller 'Dark Invasion.' Plus: Anne Hathaway, Jerry Lewis, Billy Campbell

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• Bradley Cooper is attached to produce and star in Dark Invasion, a historical thriller about the effort to stop a crew of German spies sent to the U.S. in 1915 to keep it out of joining World War I. Cooper would play a New York police captain assigned to lead the effort. The story is based on an unpublished non-fiction book by Howard Blum, aiming to arrive in bookstores on the freighted date of Sept. 11, 2013. [Deadline]

• Anne Hathaway is set to star in a modern-day version of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, because after singing live in one take, what other challenge is there than tackling the language of the Bard? Abi Morgan (The Iron LadyShame) is penning the script. No director is yet attached. [TheWrap]

• Legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis will star in Max Rose, his first feature film since 1995. Lewis will play a jazz pianist who suspects his wife of over 50 years was unfaithful just days before she dies, and finds himself revisiting figures from his past. Kevin PollakClaire Bloom (The King’s Speech), Kerry Bishe (Argo), and old-school comedian Mort SahlDaniel Noah (Twelveis directing from his script. [Deadline]

Billy Campbell (AMC’s The Killing) has signed up for the romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About Life, as the affluent father of a budding musician (Thomas McDonnellFun Size) who falls for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) after they both meet on the same bridge where they plan to kill themselves. Gil Junger (Black Knight, the unrelated 10 Things I Hate About You) is directing from his script. [THR]

• Recording artist and budding actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi (HBO’s How to Make It in America) has joined the cast of the videogame adaptation Need for Speed, as the the best friend of a man (Aaron Paul) racing across the country bent on revenge. Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots costar. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is directing from a script by John Gatins (Flight) and George Gatins. [Deadline]

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