Directed and co-written by Cooper, the film delves into the enduring bond between American composer Leonard Bernstein (renowned for West Side Story and On the Waterfront) and actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein (played by Mulligan). Netflix describes the film as “a heartfelt tribute to life and art.”
Joining Cooper and Mulligan are a stellar ensemble including Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, Sarah Silverman, Josh Hamilton, Scott Ellis, Gideon Glick, Sam Nivola, Alexa Swinton, and Miriam Shor.
In addition to his directorial and starring role, Cooper co-wrote the screenplay, marking his second directorial venture since 2018’s A Star is Born. Collaborating on the screenplay is Josh Singer (known for Spotlight and The Post).
The film’s visual finesse is attributed to cinematographer Matthew Libatique (known for A Star is Born and Black Swan), with editing by Michelle Tesoro (acclaimed for The Queen’s Gambit) and costume design by Mark Bridges (recognized for The Artist, Joker, Phantom Thread).
Impressively, the producer team boasts names like Cooper, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese, both of whom were initially considered for directing the film before entrusting it to Cooper.
Maestro will enjoy a limited theatrical release in U.S. cinemas on November 22nd, followed by its Netflix premiere on December 20th.