Watch Bradley Cooper transform into young and old Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper is unrecognizable in the first look of his upcoming film Maestro.

In the biographical drama, Cooper plays legendary Broadway composer Leonard Bernstein alongside Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre.

The acclaimed composer, credited with reinventing the American musical, died in November 2021 at the age of 91.

Netflix released photos from the set on Mondaywhich shows Cooper turning into amber at various stages in the music icon’s life.

The stunning hair and makeup work transformed the Oscar-nominated actor-director, 47, in Bernstein from handsome young Broadway upstart to aged composer veteran.

Bradley Cooper as old Leonard Bernstein
Bradley Cooper sums up his transformation into the late Leonard Bernstein.
Bradley Cooper as old Leonard Bernstein
Bradley Cooper is directing and starring in Maestro, a film that chronicles the life of Broadway icon Leonard Bernstein.

Before production began, Scott Stuber, head of global film at Netflix, told Variety about the time and effort that went into Cooper’s transformation.

“We worked a lot on the makeup. We worked a lot on the voice. I’m happy to see someone so focused on writing a story that means so much to them. And Carey Mulligan is an incredible actress,” he said.

Though the first look was released on Monday, the film isn’t due out until 2023.

Cooper recently shared that he considered quitting acting before being cast for the role and admitted he always wanted to be a composer himself.

Bradley Cooper as a young Leonard Bernstein
Carey Mulligan plays Leonard Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, opposite Bradley Cooper in Maestro.
Bradley Cooper as a young Leonard Bernstein
The Netflix biopic about legendary Broadway composer Leonard Bernstein debuts in 2023.

“I became obsessed, asked Santa for a baton when I was 8. Listening to music, falling in love with it and really getting to know every single moment of a piece, like Tchaikovsky’s Opus 35 in D major, this violin concerto. I could pretend I knew all about it without actually being able to speak the language, of course,” he told Variety.

Steven Spielberg, who had just finished directing the remake of Bernstein’s West Side Story, was originally hired and, despite the actor’s reluctance, recruited Cooper to star in the film.

“I always knew Steven Spielberg knew I was obsessed with conducting,” Cooper said. “He had this biopic idea and he talked to me about possibly starring in it. But I had just been working on A Star Is Born. And I said, ‘Look, all I want to do is write and direct movies. I always felt like I could play a conductor, but may I research the material and see if I can write and direct it? Would you let me do that?’”

This film also serves as Cooper’s directing follow-up to the Oscar- and Grammy-winning film A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga. Watch Bradley Cooper transform into young and old Leonard Bernstein


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