‘Maestro’: First Look at Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Netflix Biopic

31 May 2022, 15:05

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


Bradley Cooper and British actress Carey Mulligan star in Netflix’s new biopic about legendary American bandleader and composer Leonard Bernstein.

Teacher is an upcoming biographical film based on the life of the 20th-century American director and composer, Leonard Bernstein.

Directed by and starring Bradley Cooper as the teacher himself, the film is coming to Netflix in 2023. Joining Cooper is Carey Mulligan, who plays the director’s wife, stage and television actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.

Fans of the streaming service got an exclusive first look at Cooper and Mulligan in their biographical roles with images posted on Netflix’s social media pages yesterday afternoon.

Here are the first images of Cooper and Mulligan from the upcoming Netflix production portraying the ‘Wunderkind of American Classical Music’ and his star actress wife…

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Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


Born on August 28, 1918, Leonard Bernstein married Chilean-American television and stage actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre in 1951.

Although it was a somewhat unstable marriage due to Bernstein’s well-documented homosexuality, there was a strong love between the two artists, making their connection much more than a relationship of convenience, despite their individual sexual preferences.

The couple had three children together; Jaime, Alejandro and Nina.

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Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


In an interview with Classic FM, Jamie Bernstein was quick to correct the description of the new Netflix movie, saying, “It’s not a biopic, strictly speaking, it’s not telling the story of Leonard Bernstein from birth to death, it’s not of that type.” of a movie at all.

“In fact, it is a portrait of our parents’ marriage. This is something very specific and very personal to me. [my siblings and I].

“We’re really blown away by the fact that this was the aspect of the story that Bradley decided to focus on and we’re really excited about Carey Mulligan as our mother Felicia; I promise you, she’ll send him to the moon in a rocket.

Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


Montealegre was aware of Bernstein’s sexuality, and in a letter shortly after their 1951 marriage, she wrote: “If I seemed sad when you walked away today it was not because I felt abandoned but because I was left alone to face myself and all this bloody mess that is our ‘marital’ life.

“I have thought a lot and decided that it is not a disaster after all. First: we are not committed to a life sentence; nothing is really irrevocable, not even marriage (although I used to think so). Second: you are homosexual and it is possible that you will never change, you do not admit the possibility of a double life, but if your tranquility, your health, your entire nervous system depends on a certain sexual pattern, what can you do? Third: I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr or sacrificing myself on the altar of LB. (Turns out I love you very much, this may be a disease and if it is, what better cure?) Let’s try to see what happens if you are free to do whatever you want, but without guilt or confession, please!

“The feelings you have for me will be clearer and easier to express, our marriage is not based on passion but on tenderness and mutual respect.”

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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


The film follows Bernstein across several decades, and fans are already excited to see Cooper’s visual similarity in photographs of the actor’s portrayal of the director at an older age.

“If this is Bradley Cooper, the makeup artist should get an Oscar,” one Facebook commenter noted.

Another said: “It’s more than the makeup, it’s the posture, the gesture, the way he holds his cigarette.”

Read more: When Leonard Bernstein sang the Beatles and the Kinks to elegantly teach the ‘mixolydian’ way of music

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


We’re as excited as the Facebook comments section to see what Cooper will bring to this role of the beloved American artist.

With an expiration date yet to be announced, but the movie is due sometime next year, we’re sure something’s coming…something good.

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