Bradley Cooper Signs on for ‘The Elephant Man’

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By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN

(CNN) — This summer, Bradley Cooper is going to go from Sexiest Man to “The Elephant Man.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cooper – who was tapped last year as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive – will transform himself into the gruesome character for the stage.

The production, which also stars Patricia Clarkson, will run from July 25 through August 5 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

“The Elephant Man” is about a severely deformed man named Joseph Merrick who became a famous figure in London society, and Cooper reportedly played the role as part of his senior thesis at the Actors Studio Drama School.

A 1980 film chronicling Merrick’s real-life story, starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, picked up eight Academy Award nominations – including one for best picture – following its release.