'The American' will follow Bernstein's meteoric rise after conducting the New York Philharmonic at 25, and struggling with fame after On the Waterfront and West Side Story https://t.co/V4f6skBduc— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 1, 2018
- Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast as Leonard Bernstein in The American, directed by Cary Fukunaga.
- Based on Humphrey Burton's biography, with a screenplay written by Michael Mitnick (The Current War).
- The film is a biopic that chronicles Bernstein's rise to fame after conducting the New York Philharmonic at age 25. He went on to write the scores for On The Waterfront and West Side Story, and struggled with the fame his career brought him.
- Jake says this about Bernstein: "Like many people, Leonard Bernstein found his way into my life and heart through West Side Story when I was a kid, but as I got older and started to learn about the scope of his work, I began to understand the extent of his unparalleled contribution and the debt of gratitude modern American culture owes him. As a man, Bernstein was a fascinating figure — full of genius and contradiction — and it will be an incredible honor to tell his story with a talent and friend like Cary.”
I don't know much about Bernstein's personal life, but I love Jake and West Side Story, so I am here for this.