Casting News: Claflin, Cooper, Leung

Modern Life Is Rubbish
Sam Claflin has scored the lead role in the Brit List rom-com “Modern Life is Rubbish” which will shoot in the UK early next year.

The story charts a music-loving couple’s painful break up after ten years, going through the poignant process of separating their lives and music collections. [Source: Screen Daily]

American Sniper
“We’ve also discussed ‘American Sniper’, a property Bradley [Cooper] has acquired” said filmmaker David O. Russell this weekend about his next project with “The Hangover” star Cooper. Said untitled project will shoot in February and deals with the Abscam corruption scandal.

Cooper’s production company 22nd & Indiana scored the film rights to Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper” back in May. Could Russell and Cooper actually re-team again on this? Sounds like the idea is definitely being talked about. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-Wai will topline “Tokyo Sonata” helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Japanese period drama “1905.”

Set in the titular year in Yokohama, Leung plays a Chinese moneylender while Shota Matsuda plays a Japanese nationalist. Both end up on the trail of the same five men, all Chinese revolutionaries, but for different reasons. Atsuko Maeda also stars as Leung’s cook and carer. [Source: Variety]