Entertaniment Weekly reports that Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”, “The A-Team”) had to drop out of McG’s spy comedy This Means War, with 20th Century Fox confirming that he had to exit due to scheduling conflicts with The Hangover 2. However, EW reports that Todd Philips doesn’t plan to shoot The Hangover 2 until this fall and that Cooper instead chose to drop out over creative issues.
This Means War, which Terminator Salvation director McG is in negotiations to direct, was set to begin filming in July, while Hangover director Todd Philips isn’t planning on shooting his sequel to the $277 million grosser until fall, which would theoretically give Cooper time to do both roles should he choose. But a source close to Cooper says that the actor had creative concerns regarding the project, which centers on two spying best friends whose relationship falls apart when they both fall for the same woman (Witherspoon). The source says Cooper had some issues with the script, which has been through numerous iterations since Fox originally purchased it back in 1998. The most recent draft is from Role Models scribe Timothy Dowling. Cooper’s reps declined to comment.
The Hangover 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2011.