Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles have joined Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jackie Weaver, and Robert De Niro in David O. Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook. Cooper plays a former high school teacher returning home from a four year stint in a mental institution to live with his mother (Weaver) and woo back his estranged wife, but instead falls for an unstable woman (Lawrence). According to Deadline, Stiles will play Lawrence’s older sister. Last month, we reported that Tucker was in negotiations to play Cooper’s friend from the mental institution who escapes multiple times to visit his pal. He was also in talks to lead Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (the role ultimately went to Jamie Foxx) and to co-star in the Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn comedy Neighborhood Watch.
Silver Linings will be Tucker’s first role since 2007’s Rush Hour 3. As for Stiles, she’s co-starring in the indie films Seconds of Happiness, Between Us, and It’s a Disaster. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.
Here’s the synopsis for Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook:
Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)
The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G! [Amazon]