Cooper tells the tale of power and betrayal without melodrama in a lean and at times bone-crunchingly violent film.
"I only want to work with actors [who] have a strong point of view and who want to race to set," Mr. Cooper said, the Daily Mail reported. "And Johnny is that type of actor. He's always pushing himself and always playing something different. He's one of the best actors in American screen history. Our hope is to really craft a full-bodied portrait in ways that you haven't seen."