Who's playing who in Netflix's acclaimed new movie Maestro? (Maestro cast guide)

Get to know the cast of Netflix's acclaimed biopic about American composer Leonard Bernstein, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper.

Maestro. (L to R) Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein (Director/Writer/Producer) in Maestro. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023.
Maestro. (L to R) Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre and Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein (Director/Writer/Producer) in Maestro. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023. /
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Maestro is one of the buzziest movies this awards season, with actor Bradley Cooper playing the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein along with directing and co-writing the script for the film. After months of anticipation, Maestro is finally available to watch on Netflix.

Described as an epic story of love and family, Maestro is a moving biopic focusing on the relationship between Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre, who is played by Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan. The film also stars Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, Sarah Silverman, and more. Keep reading to learn who plays who in this Golden Globe-nominated film!

Maestro
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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein is considered to be one of the most important and influential American composers of all time. A world-renowned musician, Bernstein conducted many major orchestras and served as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. After passing away in Oct. 1990, Bernstein was forever immortalized as a 20th century classical musical icon.

Nine-time Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper not only portrays Bernstein in the film, but he also directed it and co-wrote the script with Josh Singer. The 48-year-old American actor is best known for his performances in films like American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, A Star is Born, American Sniper, Nightmare Alley, and The Hangover trilogy. He's also been voicing Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014.

Carey Mulligan
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Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre

Academy Award-nominated English actress stars opposite Bradley Cooper in Maestro as Leonard Bernstein's wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. Montealegre became well-known for her television work and her performances on and off Broadway. She also frequently collaborated with her husband. Maestro focuses on their marriage.

Mulligan received her two Academy Award nominations for her performances in An Education and Promising Young Woman. Some of her other notable roles include Shame, Drive, Saltburn, Wildlife, Mudbound, The Great Gatsby, Far from a Madding Crowd, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and Never Let Me Go. She'll next star in Adam Sandler's Spaceman and Wildwood. Like Cooper, Mulligan is also a frontrunner for the Oscars and likely to receive a Best Actress nod. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.

Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer at "Fellow Travelers" Special Screening In LA / Jesse Grant/GettyImages

Matt Bomer as David Oppenheim

If you watch a lot of Netflix then you might recognize Matt Bomer from his starring role in the thriller series Echoes. But most recently, Bomer has earned acclaim for his work in the Showtime series Fellow Travelers, which he stars in alongside Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey. Bomer earned a Golden Globe nomination for the miniseries. His other credits include Doom Patrol, the Magic Mike movies, White Collar, and American Horror Story.

In Maestro, Bomer plays clarinetist David Oppenheim, who has an on-again off-again romantic relationship with Leonard Bernstein while the composer struggles with his sexuality.

More Maestro cast members

  • Maya Hawke as Leonard's daughter Jamie Bernstein
  • Sarah Silverman as Leonard's sister Shirley Bernstein
  • Sam Nivola as Leonard's daughter Alexander Bernstein
  • Alexa Swinton as Leonard's daughter Nina Bernstein
  • Miriam Shor as close friend of the Bernstein family Cynthia O'Neal
  • Michael Urie as Leonard's longtime collaborator Jerome Robbins
  • Brian Klugman as Leonard's friend and mentor Aaron Copland
  • Gideon Glick as clarinet player Tommy Cothran
  • Josh Hamilton as biographer John Gruen
  • Zachary Booth as film and television actor Mendy Wager

Maestro is now available to watch on Netflix. Add the movie to your watchlist here and stay tuned to Netflix Life for more details and updates related to the film.

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