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Mulligan joins Cooper’s directorial follow-up to A Star Is Born. Cooper co-wrote Maestro with Josh Singer and will direct and produce. The movie portrays a love story between Leonard and Felicia over 30 years, from when they met in 1946 and through a 25-year marriage and three children: Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein and Nina Bernstein Simmons.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Carey Mulligan will play our mother in Maestro. Carey will surely capture Felicia’s unique combination of wit, warmth, elegant beauty and depth of emotion,” Jamie Bernstein said in a statement.
Cooper said he had been following Mulligan’s career since her days in live theater in the U.K. “I was struck by Carey ever since I saw her onstage many years ago and I haven’t missed a performance of hers since. I am humbled to be working with such a mammoth talent, as well as such a kind person in Carey,” he said in his own statement.
Mulligan will also star in Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman later this year and will appear opposite Ralph Fiennes in Netflix’s The Dig. Her breakout role in An Education earned Mulligan an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA Award at the age of 25.
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