The Irish actor teams up with Bradley Cooper, Omar Sy and Sienna Miller in John Wells's tale of a French chef trying to resurrect his career with a lofty, Michelin-starred goal.
The story sees a talented chef (Bradley Cooper) run his own career aground when after-work activities get out of hand; he then sets himself the task of creating a world-beating restaurant worthy of not just one but three Michelin stars.
Keeley's breakthrough was with "The Other Side of Sleep" in 2011, and he has since gone on to appear in "What Richard Did" and restaurant-based Irish TV drama "Raw"; upcoming collaborations include Ron Howard's oceananic "Heart of the Sea."
At first glance, there are a number of similarities between Keeley's role in "Raw" and his new part in "Chef"; the RTE series saw him play an up-and-coming team member of considerably culinary insight, but one who is in fact homeless. In "Chef," his character of David is taken on by Cooper's Adam Jones and ends up staying at Jones's place when he finds himself without accomodation.
Bradley Cooper is an established red carpet regular and big box office presence after turns in "The Hangover," "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle" and August's "Guardians of the Galaxy."
French navite Omar Sy crossed over to Hollywood fame with internationally recognized "The Intouchables," nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Golden Globes, followed by a prominent role in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," while Miller won praise in "The Girl," "The Edge of Love" and "The Interview."
Wells, meanwhile, might be better established as a producer, writer and director for "Shameless" and "ER," but "Company Men" and "August: Osange County" won plenty of high profile nominations with him at the helm.
The appointment of Keeley indicates that The Weinstein Company is nearing production on "Chef," with Deadline expecting "an imminent shoot."