Stranger Things star Maya Hawke joins Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro cast

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Stranger Things actress Maya Hawke joins cast of Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic titled Maestro

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Maya Hawke has joined the cast of Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro.

The 23-year-old star boarded the movie that will tell the story of the conductor and composer behind works such as West Side Story.

Bradley is playing the lead role in the movie with Carey Mulligan and Matt Bomer also attached to star in the Netflix project. Hawke will play Bernstein’s daughter Jamie.

Another new role: Maya Hawke has joined the cast of Bradley Cooper's Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro

Another new role: Maya Hawke has joined the cast of Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro

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Cooper and Josh Singer wrote the film that charts the complex love story between Bernstein and Felicia Cohn Montealegre. The romance spanned more than 30 years – from their first meeting in 1946, continuing through two on-off engagements, a 25-year marriage and three children as Bernstein grappled with his own sexuality.

Filming will begin next month in New York with Cooper, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Fred Berner and Amy Durning all producing the movie.

Maya is the daughter of movie stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman and is aware that her famous parents have ‘made it easy’ for her to become an actress.

Taking on a real person: The 23-year-old star boarded the movie that will tell the story of the conductor and composer behind works such as West Side Story.

Taking on a real person: The 23-year-old star boarded the movie that will tell the story of the conductor and composer behind works such as West Side Story.

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Wearing many hat: Cooper, pictured March 2022, will play Bernstein, direct the movie and also be a producer on the project

Internal battle: Bernstein, a gay man, married a woman and remained married to her for 25 years while creating works like West Side Story and Candide

Fascinating character: Cooper and Josh Singer wrote the film that charts the complex love story between Bernstein and Felicia Cohn Montealegre

 

The Stranger Things actress said: ‘I’m very grateful for the fact that they made it so easy for me to do the thing that I love. I think I’ll get a couple chances on their name and then if I suck, I’ll get kicked out of the kingdom. And that’s what should happen. So I’m just going to try not to suck.’

Maya also insisted that there was ‘no moment’ in which she realized she had a passion for acting.

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She explained: ‘There was no moment. I was always just doing school plays and acting camp over the summer. I guess it clicked for me that I wanted to do it professionally was when I realized that there were no school plays for adults. The happiest place in the world for me was on set or on stage.’

Paving the way: Hawke, pictured with mom Uma in 2019, said she was 'grateful' that her parents 'made it so easy for me to do the thing that I love

'No moment': Maya also insisted that there was 'no moment' in which she realized she had a passion for acting

Famous family: Maya is the daughter of movie stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman and is aware that her famous parents have ‘made it easy’ for her to become an actress

Hard-working: Hawke currently has two movies in post-production titled Asteroid City and Strangers (pictured April 23, 2022)

Hard-working: Hawke currently has two movies in post-production titled Asteroid City and Strangers (pictured April 23, 2022)

The Mainstream actress has been high demand in recent months with her role in Maestro just being the latest career success. 

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She currently has two movies in post-production titled Asteroid City and Strangers. 

Asteroid City is Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie set for release some time this year though very little is known about it other than that. 

Strangers follows two young women who agree to take on the other’s bully. She stars opposite Sophie Turner in that film.  

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