Bradley Cooper is unrecognizable as Leonard Bernstein in an upcoming Netflix biopic

Bradley Cooper is unrecognizable as Leonard Bernstein in an upcoming Netflix biopic


We forgive you if you don’t recognize the white-haired man with glasses smoking a cigarette in these promotional photos.

He looks important but vaguely familiar – like a long-lost uncle or that old man who plays chess every day in the park.

It’s actor Bradley Cooper, under layers of prosthetic makeup, as aging composer Leonard Bernstein in “Maestro,” a biopic currently being filmed for Netflix. The streaming service released the photos on Monday on Twitterwhere they immediately caused double takes.

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“Damn! He even has white hairs on his arms! Such attention to detail! Whoever the makeup artist(s)/hairstylist(s) are in this movie, they have got to win some major awards,” gushed a user.

Cooper, 47, is also directing the film, its sequel to “A Star is Born.” It co-stars Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, and Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy in “Succession”) as critic John Gruen.

Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in

The new publicity photos also show Cooper as a young Bernstein, sharing a smile with Mulligan’s Montealegre.

A legend in the musical theater world, Bernstein was best known for composing the music for “West Side Story,” the 1957 Broadway show that spawned the 1961 film and Steven Spielberg’s recent remake. He died in 1990 at the age of 72.

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1970.

Not much is yet known about “Maestro,” slated for 2023 release. The Internet Movie Database says it’s “Leonard and Felicia’s complex love story, a story that spans over 30 years – from when they met in 1946 at a party and continuing through two engagements, a 25-year marriage and three children.

Spielberg is one of the film’s producers, as is filmmaker Martin Scorsese. According to Variety, production on the film began this month.

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