Maestro: Bradley Cooper Is Practically Unrecognizable in Upcoming Netflix Drama

Bradley Cooper will completely transform into American conductor Leonard Bernstein for Netflix’s Maestro, an upcoming drama based on Bernstein’s life. The film will follow Bernstein’s marriage to Felicia Montealegre, and in photos Netflix has released from the set, you can see Cooper is significantly aged up in one of the shots, to the point where he is barely recognizable.

Earlier this year, Cooper confirmed to Variety that the film would start production this month. The movie is Cooper’s first time back in the director’s chair since 2018’s A Star Is Born, which he starred in with Lady Gaga. For Maestro, Promising Young Woman’s Carey Mulligan will star alongside Cooper as Montealegre. The movie is expected to come out sometime next year.

Bernstein was a conductor, composer, and pianist who lived from 1918 until 1990. His best-known work is the music for West Side Story, the Broadway musical about two rival teenage street gangs in 1950s Manhattan. The musical recently got a new theatrical adaptation, which we called amazing in our review.

A Star Is Born was Cooper’s directorial debut, and the movie received widespread acclaim back in 2018. In our glowing review, we said the movie was “a refreshing take of this classic showbiz rise and fall tale, with updated character work, fantastic performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and a soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days.” The movie received a handful of nominations at the 2019 Academy Awards, taking home the win for best original song with “Shallow.”

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Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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