Straight out of the American Film Market, we’ve got the first images and synopsis for director David O. Russell’s The Fighter follow-up, The Silver Linings Playbook. Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, the film tells the story of a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who returns home after four years in a mental institution to live with his mother (Jackie Weaver) and win back the affection of his estranged wife. The great cast also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Robert De Niro. Russell has a knack for off-center material, and I’m looking forward to see what he’s cooked up here. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopsis.
UPDATE: We’ve been asked by the studio to take down the images. Sorry if you missed them
Here’s the synopsis for The Silver Linings Playbook:
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Matthew Quick, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is a touching, one-of-a-kind comedy about love and second chances.
Pat Peoples (Bradley Cooper) is a man always trying to look on the bright side of life – the title of the story takes it’s name from the expression that “every cloud has a silver lining.” Released from the hospital after losing his wife to another man, Pat believes this age-old adage is just the ticket to trying to win her back and get his life on track. Trying to remain resolutely undiscouraged, Pat moves back in with his parents and devotes himself entirely to becoming the man his wife always wanted him to be. But it’s an uphill battle. Until Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a beautiful young woman whose life also has not turned out the way she wanted. Together, the couple will try and navigate through their lives and stay true to who they are, always just one adventure away from a unique friendship, and possibly even love.
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