Bradley Cooper has enjoyed success recently with true life, if controversial, military story American Sniper. Crowe's latest comedy drama Aloha finds Cooper back once more with the armed services – if somewhat more adjacent.
Crowe, who suffered a serious setback with Elizabethtown (2005) but seemed to rebound a little with We Bought A Zoo (2011), is clearly playing firmly to his strengths here, even if the film had to endure a little development hell on its way to the screen.
With vague overtones of Elizabethtown in its hero's past, Cooper plays Brian Gilcrest, a military contractor who once blew a massive assignment in Hawaii, much to the displeasure of gruff military man Alec Baldwin (The Departed), and former flame Tracy (Rachel McAdams). But Gilcrest still has enough of a reputation that he is sent back to the island at the behest of the wealthy Carson Welch (Bill Murray), who is looking to set up a new US satellite. There, he reconnects with old pal Colonel Lacy (Danny McBride) and meets his driven Air Force liaison, played by Emma Stone (The Help). The two spark, but Brian also has to confront his past and his feelings for Tracy.
The Almost Famous (2000) writer/director has gathered quite the cast around that already impressive ensemble, with John Krasinski (It's Complicated), Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) and more reporting for duty.
Originally set for a March release date here, Aloha will now arrive on 4 September.