Cooper is smitten

In need of a career boost, Renée Zellweger wants a Hangover, 2

In need of a career boost, Renée Zellweger wants a Hangover, 2

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Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger Courtesy of Just Jared

Renée Zellweger, who lately has appeared in a string of career-stalling clunkers — anyone remember Leatherheads, Miss Potter, Appaloosa or New in Town? — is eyeing a comeback vehicle. The Katy native is reportedly in talks to co-star with main squeeze Bradley Cooper in a sequel to the wildly popular movie, The Hangover.

Zellweger currently starts with Cooper in a new thriller, Case 39. But, it too, has been panned by the critics. Tribune media critic Roger Moore writes that the movie is further proof that the actress has fallen off the A-list.

"This girl is in trouble," Renée Zellweger's character declares in Case 39, her first horror movie in 16 years. "I can FEEL it." As can we all. Zellweger, at 41 not really someone we'd call "girl" anymore, appears in full career regression with this generic supernatural thriller. A fine actress with an Academy Award, you'd think she would be far removed from playing a social worker trying to figure out if this creepy kid she's saved from abusive parents was the one who needed saving.

But the movie has one redeeming value. Zellweger and Cooper met on the set of Case 39 and he appears smitten. “Can’t say enough about her,” Cooper told Entertainment Tonight of Zellweger. “I never met her before this movie, but I just love her. I love coming to work. I love acting with her. I can learn so much from her.”

But in Hangover 2, the script calls for  Zelwegger to have a one-night stand with someone other than Cooper.

Maybe Zach Galifianakis?