Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play Leonard Bernstein in “The American,” a new biopic about the famed musical composer which Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective: S1,” “Jane Eyre”) will helm.
Becoming the New York Philharmonic conductor by the age of 25, Bernstein went on to compose music for major productions including “West Side Story,” “Peter Pan” and “On the Waterfront”. He’s considered one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.
However, he also struggled privately with rising to his and the public’s expectations for his work. Bernstein was gay, though was happily married with three children and was never conflicted about it says his long-time collaborator Arthur Laurents. He also had outspoken political views and strong desire to further social change, along with being a philanthropist and keen supporter of the arts.
Michael Mitnick (“Vinyl,” “The Giver”) penned the script and filming is set to begin this Fall.