Kate Ward
April 05, 2010 AT 03:22 PM EDT

Image Credit: Richard Young/Startraksphoto.comPushing Daisies‘ resurrected protagonist Anna Friel has signed on to play a living person — specifically, Bradley Cooper’s go-getting ex-wife — in Neil Burger’s Dark Fields, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which seems to have a Flowers for Algernon-meets-Requiem for a Dream vibe, follows a writer (Cooper) who begins taking a drug that makes him intelligent, only to find that it might kill him. (Bummer.) Another side effect? For Cooper’s character, time begins to move in stop-motion. (So I guess I should say Fields has a Flowers for Algernon-meets-Requiem for a Dream-meets-Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer vibe.)

Anyway, it’s nice to see Friel getting work post-Pushing Daisies‘ cancellation — especially in a film that boasts co-stars like Cooper and Robert De Niro, who has also signed onto the film. But will it be easy to digest a quirk-less Friel?

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