Bradley Cooper Cast In The Role Of Frank Bullitt, Originally Played By Steve McQueen

Screenshot of Steve McQueen in the film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959).

The character of Frank Bullitt was first seen in the 1968 film ‘Bullitt’ where the police detective faces the Chicago mob. He was originally played by ‘The Magnificent Seven’ actor Steve McQueen, is going to be revisited in an upcoming film directed by Steven Spielberg who has tapped ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Bradley Cooper to take over the role.

Deadline reports, “Steven Spielberg looks to have found his Frank Bullitt as sources tell Deadline Bradley Cooper has closed a deal to play the no-nonsense San Francisco cop in the new original Bullitt story centered on the classic character famously played by Steven McQueen in the 1968 thriller, which is set up at Warner Bros. Cooper will also produce the pic along with Spielberg and his producing partner Kristie Macosko Krieger (marking their second collaboration after Maestro), with Josh Singer on board to pen the script. Steve McQueen’s son, Chad ,and granddaughter Molly McQueen will exec produce the new movie.”

The movie is not intended to be a remake of ‘Bullitt,’ but will feature the character in an original story.

The 1968 action film ‘Bullitt’ follows the exploits of San Francisco Policeman Lt. Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen. It is known for its iconic car chase scene featuring the character’s Ford Mustang racing a Dodge Charger. The film would win Best Film Editing at the 1969 Academy Awards and cemented McQueen’s status as a Hollywood star prior to death in 1980.

You can watch a clip from the car chase scene here:

McQueen’s production company Solar Productions and Warner Bros.-Seven Arts made the film with Philip D’Antoni producing the movie. It was directed by Peter Yates, who would go on to direct several acclaimed films.

It was based on the 1963 action novel ‘Mute Witness’ written by Robert L. Fish who was using the pseudonym Robert Pike at the time of publication. The screenplay for the movie was written by Alan R. Trustman and Harry Kleiner.

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