After Page Six exclusively ran photos of Bradley Cooper filming Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming movie set in LA’s San Fernando Valley in the ‘70s — Hollywood sources are speculating that Cooper plays mega-producer Jon Peters in the film. Or a character based on him.
Details of the movie, which centers on a high school student who’s an actor, are being kept under wraps. But after images of Cooper showed the star wearing white bell-bottoms, an unbuttoned billowing white shirt, and a hippie-ish silver necklace, insiders noted that an old image on Peters with his ex, Barbra Striesand, shows the producer wearing the same outfit, not to mention the same shaggy hairstyle and beard mimicked by Cooper.
Peters was famously a Hollywood hairdresser-turned-mega-producer whose credits include a 1976 version of “A Star Is Born,” “The Color Purple,” “Rain Man,” “Tango & Cash,” and movies in the “Superman” and “Batman” franchises. He also had a credit on Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” update.
Peters most recently had a brief marriage to Pamela Anderson.
Reps for Cooper, Anderson and MGM did not comment.
MGM snapped up the film from Focus Features in July, and The Hollywood Reporter reported that Focus gave up the film for budgetary reasons. Sources told Page Six that the budget has hit $40 million.
Anderson’s last film to make $40 million domestically was “There Will Be Blood.” The celebrated filmmaker’s most recent film, “Phantom Thread,” was nominated for six Oscars — and won one for Daniel Day-Lewis.