Actor Bradley Cooper is set to produce a film about a real-life 1980s Nevada casino extortion plot.

Bradley Cooper

The American Hustle star has teamed up with filmmakeractor Todd Phillips to develop the movie based on Adam Higginbotham's article A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, according to

The film will centre on law enforcement officials' attempts to disarm a bomb found underneath the Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in 1980.

The explosive device was eventually detonated by authorities at the US.

Federal Bureau of Investigation, but no injuries occurred because the building had already been cleared out.

California landscaper John Birges was found guilty of placing the bomb and planning the $3 million (?1.8 million) extortion plot and was sentenced to life in prison.

He died of liver cancer in 1996.

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