Quite the prestige-sounding Netflix project is coming together with Maestro, a biopic on renowned composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, On the Waterfront) to star and be directed by Bradley Cooper.
Cooper has been developing the film for around three years now – and he’s finally found his co-star: Carey Mulligan. As reported by Deadline, Mulligan will be starring as Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, the Chilean stage and television actress who was married to Leonard for 25 years.
“I was struck by Carey ever since I saw her on stage many years ago and I haven’t missed a performance of hers since,” Cooper said in a statement. “I am humbled to be working with such a mammoth talent, as well as such a kind person in Carey.”
Cooper has been working on this one with the blessing and input of the Bernstein family, who are very happy to have Mulligan in the role of their mother.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Carey Mulligan will play our mother in Maestro,” said Jamie Bernstein. “Carey will surely capture Felicia’s unique combination of wit, warmth, elegant beauty, and depth of emotion. We also love the way Carey conveys a kind of storybook European grace, which was something our mother embodied as well.”
Cooper wrote the screenplay with Josh Singer, who took home an Oscar for Spotlight and whose credits also include critical darlings The Post and First Man. The film will take a look at the three-decade spanning story of Leonard and Felicia, who first met at a party in 1946 and were married in 1951. Their 25-year marriage had a number of challenges, some of which were related to Leonard’s affairs with men. Theirs is a sweet, sad story – you can read up on a little of what Cooper’s film could touch on in this summary on Wikipedia.
Cooper’s directing career kicked off in a big way with 2019’s A Star is Born, which earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Actor and Actress (Lady Gaga); winning one for Best Original Song. On the acting side of things, Cooper will next be starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s still-untitled next film and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.
Mulligan, who was previously seen in Paul Dano’s Wildlife and Netflix mini-series Collateral, will soon be seen getting revenge in acclaimed dark-comedy Promising Young Woman and starring alongside Ralph Fiennes in Netflix film The Dig.