Bradley Cooper is in line to play Bee Gee Barry Gibb, bright-haired, in an upcoming movie about the big-selling band, reportedly.
Cooper, who is preparing to direct and star in a biographical film by the famous composer Leonard Bernstein, has apparently been approached for the role of the elder Gibb singing brothers in a production developed by Graham King of Bohemian Rhapsody. Amblin Entertainment by Steven Spielberg is also among the film’s producers.
According to reports, the writer Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything) is linked to the project, which seeks to capitalize on the previous box office success with the stories of the 70’s music industry Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, Queen’s biopics and Elton John respectively.
Barry Gibb is the only surviving member of the Bee Gees, the band he formed with his younger twin brothers Maurice and Robin. Another brother, Andy, became a successful solo act at the same time. The 1977 album of Saturday Night Fever by Bee Gees remains the best-selling soundtrack album in history, and generated a series of hits that included Stayin ‘Alive and Night Fever.
Cooper received multiple Oscar nominations for his directorial debut A Star Is Born, and sang in Shallow, the Oscar-winning song of the film.