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Watch the trailer for Bradley Cooper’s romantic Leonard Bernstein drama ‘Maestro’

Cooper stars alongside Carey Mulligan in his first directorial effort since 2018's ‘A Star Is Born’

By Hollie Geraghty

Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in the trailer for ‘Maestro’
Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in the trailer for ‘Maestro’ (Picture: YouTube)

The first trailer for Maestro, Bradley Cooper’s new romantic biographical drama about composer Leonard Bernstein, has been released.

Co-written, directed and starring Cooper, the new film is the actor’s first directorial effort since 2018’s A Star Is Born, in which he stars as the legendary conductor and composer alongside Carey Mulligan as Costa Rican actor and activist Felicia Montealegre.

The synopsis describes Maestro as a “towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between cultural icon Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein”.

“A love letter to life and art, Maestro, at its core, is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.”

Maestro is out in select cinemas on November 22, and on Netflix December 20. Watch the trailer below.

Maya Hawke will star as the couple’s daughter, Jamie, while other cast members include Sarah Silverman, Matt Bomer, Michael Urie, Gideon Glick, Josh Hamilton, Alexa Swinton, Scott Ellis, Sam Nivola and Miriam Shor.

Cooper co-wrote the script with Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Fifth Estate, The Post) , while Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese are on board as producers.

In the trailer, the couple appear to be playing a game where they have to guess a number the other has picked, before Mulligan’s character says they need to “build up a very strong connection”. There’s also snapshots of the couple’s life throughout the years as they grow old together, along with another scene in which Cooper’s character conducts a classical orchestra.

Bernstein is known for composing the scores to films such as West Side Story and On the Waterfront. Throughout his career, he won seven Emmy awards, two Tonys and 16 Grammys.

Maestro was announced as part of the Venice Film Festival line-up which starts at the end of this month, but Cooper has announced that he will not be taking part in publicity for it (per Deadline), unless the SAG-AFTRA strike ends before then.

Cooper’s last film as a director was A Star Is Born, a new adaptation of the musical romance about a musician who helps launch the career of a young singer (Lady Gaga) before he experiences a downward spiral due.