EXCLUSIVE: So good as the embedded Russian spy in the FX Cold War series The Americans, Matthew Rhys has signed on to star alongside Bradley Cooper in the untitled John Wells-directed culinary project at The Weinstein Company. He’ll play Reece, the rival of Cooper’s chef character in the Steven Knight-scripted film. Cooper plays Adam Jones, a two Michelin Star chef in Paris whose ability to create explosions of taste is undermined by his badboy rants and diva behavior that destroy his career. Reece stands in the way of his comeback.
Produced by Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg and Erwin Stoff, the pic is shooting in London through September 26 and Rhys joins the picture just after he wraps the WWII drama Darling Buds Of May. Harvey Weinstein is trying to cook up the right title after Jon Favreau released Chef, which was this TWC’s original title. Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander also star.
Rhys is repped by WME and Management 360 in the U.S., and United Agents in the UK. TWC’s Dylan Sellers, Julie Rapaport and Negeen Yazdi are overseeing production. Cooper’s character can apparently make anything tasty, but no word on whether he has a killer way to prepare raccoon.