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Entertainment 'Succession' Star Jeremy Strong in Talks to Join Bradley Cooper's Leonard Bernstein Biopic 'Maestro'

02:26  20 october  2020
02:26  20 october  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

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Bradley Cooper ‘ s upcoming biopic of famed composer Leonard Bernstein finally has a title…and a leading lady. Maestro , which will see Cooper playing the dynamic composer of films such as West Side Story, has cast Carey Mulligan as Bernstein ’s wife. Leonard Bernstein wrote the music for films […]

RELATED: Paul Thomas Anderson in Talks With Bradley Cooper for 1970 s Drama. Without even rehearsing, Bernstein did so well his star was launched the next day when his feat made Maestro is co-written by Cooper and Josh Singer with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Cooper , and his Joint

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"Succession" star Jeremy Strong is in talks to join the cast of the Leonard Bernstein biopic "Maestro," which will star and be directed by Bradley Cooper, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Strong would play biographer John Gruen, a critic for The New York Herald Tribune and New York magazine, who wrote the authorized biography "The Private World of Leonard Bernstein."

"Maestro" was originally set at Paramount, but Netflix will now take over with Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips set as producers. Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are still attached. Cooper will also produce via his Joint Effort banner as well as Kristie Macosko Krieger, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Fred Berner and Amy Durning.

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Bradley Cooper has found his next musical story. The three-time Oscar nominee, who directs and stars in the upcoming A Star is Born remake, will do the same for Paramount’ s Leonard Bernstein biopic , EW has confirmed. In addition to directing Bernstein and portraying the legendary West Side

Cooper — through his Joint Effort banner — will produce with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The movie is the second project to be announced in the last week revolving around the legendary composer; Jake Gyllenhaal is also developing a pic


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Cooper also co-wrote the film and is set to star in the film, the follow-up to his directorial debut "A Star Is Born." "Spotlight" screenwriter Josh Singer co-wrote the script with Cooper.

Production is expected to begin on the Bernstein film next spring, and Netflix plans to give the movie a theatrical release as it has done with "The Irishman" and its other awards contenders.

Cooper obtained the rights from the Bernstein estate and has been working closely with Bernstein's children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina for the past three years.

Strong can currently be seen starring as social activist Jerry Rubin in the Aaron Sorkin-directed "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" which just premiered on the streamer. Strong recently won the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the HBO series "Succession."

Strong is repped by WME and Mosaic.

Deadline first reported the news of Strong's casting.

Netflix had no comment.

‘Succession’s Jeremy Strong To Play Biographer John Gruen In Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein ‘Maestro’ At Netflix .
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Strong is negotiating to co-star in Maestro, the Bradley Cooper-directed drama on composer Leonard Bernstein for Netflix. Strong just won the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the HBO series Succession, and he plays Jerry Rubin in the Aaron Sorkin-directed The Trial Of The Chicago 7 which just premiered on Netflix. Gruen, a renaissance man and critic for The New York Herald Tribune and New York magazine, wrote the authorized biography The Private World of Leonard Bernstein.

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