Now that "Limitless" and "The Hangover Part II" have established Bradley Cooper as a hot commercial property, he's turning to independent work.

He's just signed to star opposite Ryan Gosling in "Place Beyond The Pines," playing a cop to Gosling's biker fugitive. Sidney Kimmel will produce. The pic reteams Gosling with writer-director Derek Cianfrance of "Blue Valentine."

Cooper is also set to star "The Words." No word on how all of this affects Cooper's interest in Alex Proyas' "Paradise Lost."