Bradley Cooper Searching for Massachusetts Locals for New Netflix Movie
Looks like Massachusetts is about to get another visit from Hollywood.
Bradley Cooper is gearing up to direct and star in a film called Maestro, and he is actively searching for actors in Western Massachusetts.
Cooper will wear multiple hats for the project, between acting and directing for this Netflix biopic about Broadway composer Leonard Bernstein.
Who is Leonard Bernstein?
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein was an American conductor who was known for being the first American-born conductor to lead a major symphony orchestra. He was the first conductor to share and explore music on television with a mass audience.
Bradley Cooper Takes On The Netflix Biopic
Cooper told Variety that he wanted to be a conductor since he was a kid, and felt he would naturally fit into this role, but he was more interested in taking the helm as director. So much so, he took the project off Steven Spielberg’s hands.
“(Spielberg) was kind enough to hand it off to me, and that's what I’ve been doing for the last four and a half years, and we start shooting in May,” said Cooper to Variety.
Casting Call Information
The official casting call has found its way onto Project Casting, asking for Tanglewood, Lenox, and Berkshire locals to appear as background performers.
Filming will take place from May 21 to 26 at the Tanglewood grounds, where scenes will be set in the 1940s and 1980s.
It sounds like the film will encompass the story of Bernstein, with an emphasis on “the complex love of Leonard and Felicia, from the time they met in 1946 at a party and continuing through two engagements, a 25-year marriage, and three children,” said IMDb.
While the casting call is asking for “extras,” you get a chance to rub elbows with an A-lister and up-and-coming director.
That’s got a nice ring to it.