Bradley Cooper’s headed back to the 1970s.
The “Star Is Born” actor-director, 45, was spotted — in an era-appropriate wig, beard and all-white outfit — filming in Los Angeles for director Paul Thomas Anderson’s forthcoming untitled story set in LA’s San Fernando Valley in the ’70s.
Details are scarce on the MGM project but according to the Hollywood Reporter, it’s a coming-of-age film that will see multiple storylines coalesce around a young wannabe actor in high school in the Valley. It’s the fourth of Anderson’s films to be set in the Los Angeles region — where the director spent his youth — following “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “Punch-Drunk Love.”
Cooper, resembling either a New Age guru or cult leader in his wardrobe, was seen filming at a gas station. In one shot, he appears to menace someone with a gasoline pump nozzle and a lighter; in another, he brandishes squeegees in each hand. Sadly, for those who loved his perm in the ’70s-set “American Hustle” in 2013, his character appears to be familiar with a hair iron this time around. Production is adhering to the industry’s new coronavirus precautions, with on-set personnel wearing masks.
Anderson’s film hasn’t been immune to the pandemic though, production was already delayed and the film changed hands to MGM from Universal’s Focus Features. Cooper, meanwhile, was filming Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” when production stalled over the coronavirus.
He’s reportedly also lined up his next behind-the-camera production, a Leonard Bernstein biopic for Netflix, with a stacked bench of producers: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and “Joker” director Todd Phillips.