Stratton sees Cooper as the SBS operative who teams up with a US Navy SEAL (Austin Stowell) to battle an international terrorist. He is the hero of an eight book series by pseudonymous ex-military type Duncan Falconer – the man also behind the screenplay – and an experienced member of the elite Special Boat Service seconded to a cutting edge corner of the British intelligence network.
The movie, which originally had Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel) in the title role, has been shooting in Italy and gets underway in London this month. Co-starring with the lead are Gemma Chan (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Tom Felton (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted), Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech), Tyler Hoechlin (Hall Pass), Connie Nielsen (3 Days To Kill) and Jake Fairbrother (Skyfall).
West, for one, seems more than happy with his new lead. "Dominic Cooper's talent, versatility and his originality as an actor, provide the perfect fit for what will be an entirely fresh and memorable action hero," he told Screen International. "Supporting Dominic is an inspired choice of cast who are all extremely talented, uniquely diverse and will undeniably bring both charm and energy to make Stratton the ongoing potential franchise we know it can be."
Cooper completists can catch the actor in Nicholas Hytner's (The History Boys) Alan Bennett dramatisation The Lady In The Van and as King Llane Wrynn, monarch of Duncan Jones' (Source Code) human realm in the director's Warcraft adaptation. On the small screen, he has AMC's Preacher on his future slate and continues as Howard Stark in Agent Carter. With a batch of distribution deals still in place, the film has yet to find a release date yet, but should be out next year.