Bradley Cooper to Direct and Star in Upcoming Leonard Bernstein Biopic

Bradley Cooper at the "Avengers: Infinity War" film premiere, Los Angeles, 23 Apr 2018. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9640561qi)

Bradley Cooper isn’t taking a break after his directorial debut A Star Is Born rolls out in October and has already found himself a new project. Deadline confirmed that Copper is set to direct and star in the upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.

Besides taking over directorial duties and starring as the West Side Story composer, Cooper will produce and co-write the movie alongside Josh Singer (Spotlight and The Post).

Another movie inspired by the life of Leonard Bernstein, The American, was announced recently with Jake Gyllenhaal being attached to portray Bernstein. The American will be directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre) and written by Michael Mitnick. Principal photography on this movie should kick off in fall of 2018.

Leonard Bernstein is considered one of the greatest musical composers in the history of the United States. During his career, which lasted over five decades, Bernstein composed operas, ballets, orchestrals, while also making music for musicals like West Side Story, Wonderful Town, and On the Town.

Before he starts working on the Leonard Bernstein biopic, Bradley Cooper is putting finishing touches on musical A Star Is Born, which serves as a remake of the 1937 film of the same name. Copper directed the movie and stars alongside Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle.