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Jeff Labrecque
July 20, 2011 AT 04:50 PM EDT

Bradley Cooper might have the face of an angel, but he’s set to star as the devil himself in director Alex Proyas’ adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, according to a spokesperson for Legendary Pictures. The Associated Press previously reported that the film would be shot in Sydney, Australia and targeted for a 2013 release.

Milton’s Paradise Lost, an epic poem published in 1667, tells the story of a charismatic Lucifer, who leads a failed rebellion against God and is subsequently banished from heaven.

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