Bradley Cooper was all set to star in the McG directed romantic comedy This Means War, but something more important came along and he had to drop out. According to EW, the “it” actor of the moment has opted to work on the sequel to The Hangover instead.

This Means War originally had Cooper and Reese Witherspoon attached to star and centered on two life long friends, who have been inseparable since childhood. They grow up and discover that they’ve both fallen in love with the same woman (Witherspoon), which causes their close bond to disintegrate and “their ensuing battle escalates to mammoth proportions, with New York City demolished in their wake.” Cooper was on board to play one of the friends, while the other had yet to be cast.

Now we’re hearing that he’s no longer involved due to a scheduling conflict with The Hangover 2. On the surface it sounds like a logical reason, but EW‘s sources claim that Cooper really left over script concerns. The Hangover 2 doesn’t start shooting until this fall and This Means War is set to film this July. They don’t exactly overlap, which makes me wonder about the script as well.

Either way, there’s no point in crying over spilled milk, we’re sure McG will be able to find someone to take his place. Good luck 20th Century Fox.

Do you think Cooper made the right decision by leaving the film?