Bradley Cooper to Star in ‘The Elephant Man’ Revival on Broadway

By: Michael Prieve / January 22, 2014

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Bradley Cooper is to star in a revival of The Elephant Man on Broadway.

The American Hustle actor will play John Merrick, a despondent man living with terrible physical deformities, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Bernard Pomerance’s award-winning 1977 play was famously adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1980 starring John Hurt. But unlike the film, the stage show sees the lead actor suggest the deformities through his performance, rather than relying on prosthetic make-up.

Cooper previously played the role in a limited run in 2012 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. It is unclear whether his co-stars in that production, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will also appear in the Broadway show.

The play will mark Bradley’s first return to the New York stage since his 2006 stint opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain.