Bradley Cooper Transforms into Queer Composer Leonard Bernstein in ‘Maestro’ Trailer

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The Maestro trailer teases the composer’s remarkable achievements and delves into his intricate relationship with his wife, Felicia.

“If summer doesn’t sing in you, then nothing sings in you. And if nothing sings in you, then you can’t make music,” Bradley Cooper says at the top of the new trailer.

Leonard Bernstein is considered to be one of the most important conductors of his time and was the first American conductor to receive international acclaim. However, from what we can tell from the trailer and reviews of the film, Maestro will focus less on the music and more on the “lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.”

Leonard Bernstein’s Sexuality

Maestro, which Cooper co-wrote, directed, and starred in, shows the Bernsteins through multiple stages of their lives. It also depicts the various relationships the composer had with men throughout their marriage, a fact that was only revealed after his passing.

“What age are we living in?” Felicia (played by Carey Mulligan) asks in the trailer. “One can be as free as one likes without guilt or confession. Please, I know exactly who you are.”

Meanwhile, the trailer cuts to a clip of Cooper and Matt Bomer staring lovingly at each other. Much to our delight, Bomer will play one of Bernstein’s lovers. The two have been spotted kissing on set by attentive fans. It’s no surprise that we are eager to see these two share the screen.

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“I love people so much that it’s hard for me to be alone.”

According to Bernstein’s West Side Story collaborator, Arthur Laurents, he was “a gay man who got married. He wasn’t conflicted about his sexual orientation at all.”

Still, the film will no doubt portray Bernstein’s beautiful relationship with his wife, Felicia.

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

Produced by Cooper, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, Maestro will come to select theaters November 22 and on Netflix December 20.

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