The trailer stars Cooper as Bernstein and Carey Mulligan as his partner Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. In the middle of the clip, Bernstein reckons with his career in a voiceover monologue, saying, “I love people so much it’s hard for me to be alone. And music, it keeps me glued to life.” The trailer flips between the two in black and white during their early days and in color as their story progresses and evolves. Check it out below.
The film’s subject is best known for composing the music for West Side Story, along with other influential musicals like On The Town and scoring films like On The Waterfront. Not to mention he won 16 Grammy Awards and served as the music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1959 to 1969.
Cooper serves as the film’s director, co-writer, co-producer, and star. He is joined by an impressive team, with producers Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, and Kristie Macosko Krieger, alongside executive producers Carla Raij, Josh Singer, Bobby Wilhelm, Weston Middleton and Tracey Landon. Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer co-wrote the script with Cooper.
The film additionally stars Maya Hawke as one of the Bernstein’s daughters, Jamie, and Sarah Silverman as Leonard Bernstein’s younger sister, Shirley.
Earlier this year, Cooper spoke about the film at an awards season roundtable with Cate Blanchett, who was promoting her work in TÁR as fictional conductor Lydia Tár.
Speaking about the world of conducting, Cooper said, “Having worked on a project in the same world [as ‘TÁR’], the level of respect that I have for that world and that podium, it is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced. And it’s so odd because so many people… have said, ‘Well, what is it that conductors even do? Aren’t you up there sort of doing like this?’ And my answer is, ‘It’s the absolute hardest thing you could ever want to do. It is impossible.’”