Bradley Cooper Signs on for ‘The Elephant Man’
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.