Bradley Cooper Can’t Recognize Composer Leonard Bernstein During First Look at Biographer

Bradley Cooper completely transformed himself into composer Leonard Bernstein through the clever use of prosthetics and film makeup.

On his first look at an upcoming Netflix biopic about his life, the 47-year-old emerged as the Broadway artist who created iconic shows like West Side Story.

Cooper starred and directed the project, which will star Carey Mulligan, Maya Hawke and Matt Bomer.

Incredible: Bradley Cooper, 47, revolutionizes himself through clever use of prosthetics and film makeup to become composer of biopic master Leonard Bernstein

Incredible: Bradley Cooper, 47, revolutionizes himself through clever use of prosthetics and film makeup to become composer of biopic master Leonard Bernstein

Unbelievable: Bradley Cooper, 47, transformed himself into a master biographer of composer Leonard Bernstein (left, Cooper as Byrne) Stan; right, Cooper, May)

It’s almost impossible to know that the tanned, gray-haired, glasses-wearing man in the new photo is really Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper.

The actor embodies the look and vibe of Broadway icon Leonard Bernstein in this biopic about his life.

With the help of an excellent team of hair and makeup artists, Cooper’s face began to wrinkle and age.

He can be seen in the photo wearing white buttons and modified aviator glasses as he composes some of Broadway’s most recognizable scores.

Live: It's almost impossible to know that the tanned, gray-haired, bespectacled man in the new photo is really Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (Bernstein, 1990)

Live: It's almost impossible to know that the tanned, gray-haired, glasses-wearing man in the new photo is really Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (left, Bernstein in 1990; right, Cooper in Maestro)

Live: It’s almost impossible to know that the tanned, gray-haired, glasses-wearing man in the new photo is really Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (left, Bernstein in 1990; right, Cooper in Maestro)

Other images from Maestro portray Bradley as a young Bernstein — looking more like the actor audiences already know and love.

In the black and white retro footage, Cooper is with co-star Kelly Mulligan, who plays Bernstein’s wife Felicia.

Maestro tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Broadway legend and his relationship with Felicia Montealegre, who, despite knowing he’s gay, has been with him for the rest of his life.

Maya Hawke has joined the cast and will play the daughter of Jamie Bernstein, Leonard and Felicia. Successor star Jeremy Strong will be cast in the film by John Gruen, author of Bernstein biography The Private World of Leonard Bernstein .

He's there: Maestro's other images depict Bradley as a young Bernstein -- looking more like the actor audiences already know and love

He’s there: Maestro’s other images depict Bradley as a young Bernstein — looking more like the actor audiences already know and love

Legend: In an upcoming Netflix biopic about his life, Bradley appears as the Broadway artist who created such iconic shows as West Side Story

Legend: In an upcoming Netflix biopic about his life, Bradley appears as the Broadway artist who created such iconic shows as West Side Story

Their story: The master tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Broadway legend and his relationship with Felicia Montelegre, whom he spent his life with despite knowing he was gay

Their story: The master tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Broadway legend and his relationship with Felicia Montelegre, whom he spent his life with despite knowing he was gay

Backed by Netflix and co-written/directed by The Hangover star, the film explores the complex relationship between Leonard and Felicia.

Their romance spanned more than 30 years—from their first meeting in 1946, to two on-and-off engagements, a 25-year marriage and three children, Bernstein was grappling with his sexuality.

Filming will begin in New York this May, with Cooper, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Christie Marksker Krieger, Fred Berner and Amy Dunin all producing the film. Movie.

Leonard Bernstein is a music expert who has worked as a composer, pianist, and conductor, winning seven Emmys, two Tonys, and 16 Grammys throughout his career.

He died of a heart attack just five days after retiring from command in 1990.

His life: Their romance spanned more than 30 years—from their first meeting in 1946, to two on-and-off engagements, 25 years of marriage, and three children as Bernstein grappled with his own Sexual Orientation (Bernstein, 1974)

His life: Their romance spanned more than 30 years—from their first meeting in 1946, to two on-and-off engagements, 25 years of marriage, and three children as Bernstein grappled with his own Sexual Orientation (Bernstein, 1974)

Spielberg initially set out to direct the film and cast Cooper, but then handed over the reins to the actor.

This will be Bradley’s second work in the director’s seat following the recent remake of “A Star is Born.”

‘I [told Spielberg]”I’ve always felt like I could play the conductor, but can I study the material and see if I can write and direct it? Would you let me do that?” Cooper told type.

“Steven has a lot of interest – he’s only going to pick one thing and everything else will be put on hold,” he continued. “I think he knew he wasn’t going to make that movie for a while. He kindly handed it over to me, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past four and a half years.

Almost: Steven Spielberg, who recently remade Bernstein's classic West Side Story, was originally set to direct the film and cast Cooper, but then handed the reigns to Cooper

Almost: Steven Spielberg, who recently remade Bernstein’s classic West Side Story, was originally set to direct the film and cast Cooper, but then handed the reigns to Cooper