‘The Master’: 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 Kelly Mulligan star in a new Netflix biopic about legendary American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.

Grandmaster is an upcoming biopic based on the life of 20th century American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.

The film, directed and starring Bradley Cooper himself, will hit Netflix in 2023. Along with Cooper, Carey Mulligan, who plays conductor’s wife and stage and television actor Felicia Monterey Gray Cohen Bernstein.

Fans of the streaming service got their first exclusive look at Cooper and Mulligan’s roles in the biopic via images posted to Netflix’s social media pages yesterday afternoon.

This is the first still from Cooper and Mulligan in the upcoming Netflix production, which depicts the “American Classical Wonder Boy” and his star actress wife…

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

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

Image: Netflix


Leonard Bernstein was born on August 28, 1918, and married Chilean-American television and stage actor Felicia Cohen Montelegre in 1951.

Despite a somewhat shaky marriage due to Bernstein’s well-documented homosexuality, the two artists share a strong love affair, and despite their respective sexual preferences, their connection is more than a matter of convenience.

The couple have three children together. Jamie, Alexander and Nina.

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Carey Mulligan as Felicia Cohn Montealegre, 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 his description of the new Netflix film, saying, “This is not strictly a biopic, it doesn’t tell the story of Leonard Bernstein from birth to A death story – it’s not that kind of a movie at all.

“In fact, it’s a portrait of our parents’ marriage. It’s about something very specific and very personal [my siblings and I].

“We’re really shocked because that’s one aspect of the story that Bradley decided to focus on and we’re very excited about Kelly Mulligan as our mother, Felicia; It’s sent to the moon.”

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

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

Image: Netflix


Montelegre was aware of Bernstein’s sexuality, and in a letter shortly after their marriage in 1951, she wrote: “If I look sad as you drive away today, it’s not because I feel abandoned, But because I’m alone with myself and this whole damn mess is our “married” life.

“I did a lot of thinking and decided it wasn’t a mess after all. Number one: we’re not going to get life sentences – nothing is really irrevocable, not even marriage (though I used to think so). Number two: you Being gay may never change – you don’t acknowledge the possibility of a double life, but what can you do if your peace of mind, your health, your entire nervous system depends on some kind of sex? : I’m willing to accept you as you are, not being a martyr or sacrificing yourself on the LB altar. (I happen to love you very much – it could be a disease, if there’s a better cure?) Let’s try See what would happen if you were free to do what you like, but without guilt and remorse, please!

“Your feelings for me will be clearer and easier to articulate – 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 the decades, and fans are already delighted to see Cooper’s visual similarity in photos of the actor playing the conductor.

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

Another said, “It’s not just the makeup, it’s the posture, the gestures, the way he holds the cigarette.”

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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.

Image: Netflix


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

The deadline hasn’t been announced, but with the film expected to hit theaters next year, we’re sure something’s going to happen…something good.