Bradley Cooper has been linked to the movie adaptation of the upcoming crime novel American Blood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the American Hustle star is set to star in and produce the new project.
Warner Bros has acquired the rights to New Zealand author Ben Sanders's crime drama ahead of the book's release in autumn 2015.
Cooper would play the lead role Marshall Grade, a New York police officer turned mob informant.
The character is living in the witness protection program in New Mexico when he is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman.
The project is currently a partial manuscript, but Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan) is attached to write the script.
American Blood, which is 24-year-old Sanders's debut novel in the US, is likely the first in a series of books, which means there is franchise potential for the films.
John Lesher and Adam Kassan will produce alongside Brendan Deneen, Pouya Shabazian and Cooper.
Cooper is due to appear in an untitled Cameron Crowe comedy in December, and will also return to Broadway starring as The Elephant Man.