Bradley Cooper Lined Up To play Barry Gibb in Bee Gees biopic
Bradley Cooper is in line to play Bee Gee Barry Gibb in a
forthcoming film about the band.
Cooper received multiple Oscar nominations for his directing
debut for A Star Is Born – and sang on Shallow, the Oscar-winning song from the
Rumour has it that writer Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody,
The Theory of Everything) is involved in the project, which is seeking to
capitalise on previous box office success with 70s music-industry stories
Cooper, who is preparing to direct and star in a biopic of
celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein, has apparently been approached for the
role of the eldest of the singing Gibb brothers in a production being developed
by Bohemian Rhapsody’s Graham King, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is
also listed among the film’s producers. Barry
Gibb is the only surviving member of the Bee Gees, the band he formed with his
younger twin brothers Maurice and Robin. Their younger brother, Andy became a
successful solo act at the same time.
The Bee Gees’ 1977 record Saturday Night Fever is still the
bestselling soundtrack album ever, providing massive hits including Night Fever
and Stayin Alive.