In Limitless, Bradley Cooper played a thirtysomething would-be novelist who becomes an overnight super-genius after taking an experimental pill. In Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper will also play a down-on-his-luck thirtysomething with an interest in literature, only this time the pills he consumes are somewhat less exotic—Lithium and Xanax. The movie is directed by David O. Russell, who seems to know a thing or two about mental illness (see the video of his famous meltdown on the set of I Heart Huckabees), so this should be one to look out for.
The most immediately striking thing about the new trailer is Jennifer Lawrence’s character/performance. After this, it may be a bit hard to accept her as the 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen when Catching Fire comes out.
Silver Linings Playbook hits theatres on Nov. 21.