Bradley Cooper is scheduled to return to the kitchen in Burnt, a new drama from The Weinstein Company. This week, a new trailer emerged online that shows the actor at his dramatic best.
Cooper stars as Adam Jones, a two-star Michelin chef whose excessive lifestyle threatens to destroy everything he has achieved. On the verge of self-destruction, and having lost his prized restaurant, he manages to step back and refocus his efforts and skill into bagging a third elusive star.
His revival won’t happen without help, though. After moving to London in an attempt to rebuild his flagging career, he is tasked with a new kitchen, a rookie brigade, and a fresh start. With protégé chef Sienna Miller at his side, it’s only a matter of time before he finds culinary success again, but can he do so without returning to the rock star lifestyle that threatened to ruin him in the first place?
Empire revealed the trailer, which can be viewed below.
Directed by John Wells from a script by Michael Kalesniko and Steven Knight, Burnt also contains a superior supporting cast in Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, and Omar Sy.
Jamie Dornan also filmed scenes for the movie, but his cameo was cut. Rumors circulated that his participation in Fifty Shades of Grey was to blame for the decision, with producers fearing negative repercussions for their movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director John Wells set the record straight and explained his decision to edit the actor from the final movie. He clarified that Dornan was cut for storyline reasons and pacing.
“In making every film, cuts and adjustments in storylines inevitably occur. In the case of Burnt, Jamie’s role was a small cameo that he was kind enough to do for us and was part of Sienna Miller’s character’s backstory. We ultimately decided to focus on Adam Jones’ redemption story.”
As Wells mentioned, the film is about Adam Jones’ redemption story. However, it will also be a redemption story for Bradley Cooper, who is no stranger to the heat of a kitchen.
In 2005, Cooper was cast in Kitchen Confidential, a sitcom based on Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Part of an ensemble cast, Cooper portrayed Jack Bourdain, a chef dealing with severe alcoholic and drug-based demons who is given the chance to ignite a career comeback as an executive chef at Nolita. Sound familiar?
Cooper’s character was inspired by Bourdain himself and set about revealing the dark, sinister happenings of a busy New York kitchen. With an ensemble cast featuring Nicholas Brendon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), John Francis Daley (Bones), and Bonnie Somerville (Friends), the show had the right formula to be a huge hit.
However, low viewing figures and ill-timed scheduling that coincided with the Major League Baseball playoffs led to Kitchen Confidential being cancelled after four episodes.
Cooper’s career would soar following his short stint at Nolita. Since 2005, he has become an A-list star with stellar performances in films such as The Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2014), and American Sniper (2014). For these three films, he received consecutive Academy Award nominations between 2013 and 2015.
Cooper is in fine form in the trailer, one that capitalizes on his dramatic roots. Downbeat and wired but passionate in the kitchen, Burnt seems to encapsulate the epitome of a famous, burnt-out chef, one that runs the risk of realistic cliché and provides a thoroughly entertaining movie in the process.
Burnt will open in the U.S. on October 23, 2015, and the UK on November 6, 2015.
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