Bradley Cooper Signs on for ‘The Elephant Man’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.