Bradley Cooper seen filming new Paul Anderson 70s inspired film in LA despite Covid

Hollywood returns to work: Bradley Cooper seen filming new Paul Anderson 70s inspired film in LA’s San Fernando valley despite Covid

  • The crew started recording in Los Angeles last week with measures in place in light of the Covid-19 outbreak 
  • This includes weekly testing for all members of both cast and crew as well as compulsory use of face masks 
  • The untitled film is thought to be coming-of-age story set in 70s with Bradley Cooper the only big-name star  

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Bradley Cooper has returned to work as filming for Paul Anderson’s new 1970s-set ensemble drama got underway despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

The crew is thought to be the first to return at such close proximity as they began recording in Los Angeles last week with measures put in place in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

This includes weekly testing for all members of both cast and crew as well as the compulsory use of face masks and shields for those behind the cameras.

It comes as the rest of Hollywood eases back into work including Tom Cruise who headed back on to the set of Mission: Impossible 7 earlier this month. 

Back in action: Bradley Cooper was spotted over the weekend filming on location in LA's San Fernando Valley for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson

Back in action: Bradley Cooper was spotted over the weekend filming on location in LA’s San Fernando Valley for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson

Anderson’s film, thought to be a coming-of-age story, is yet to be given a title but is reportedly being created under the codename Soggy Bottom. 

Bradley Cooper is the the only big-name star known to feature in the film so far with information on the rest of the cast set to be released in the coming weeks.

But it was reported that there will be a cameo appearance by musical group Haim.  

Staying safe: The production abided by strict protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Crew members wore face masks and shields as protection against the spread of the virus

Staying safe: The production abided by strict protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Crew members wore face masks and shields as protection against the spread of the virus

Interrupted: When the pandemic hit in March and forced a shutdown in Hollywood, Cooper (pictured talking to a crew member in a face mask) had been filming Nightmare Alley for Guillermo del Toro in Toronto, Canada

Interrupted: When the pandemic hit in March and forced a shutdown in Hollywood, Cooper (pictured talking to a crew member in a face mask) had been filming Nightmare Alley for Guillermo del Toro in Toronto, Canada

Cooper was dressed in a loose-fitting white shirt and white cotton flares with brown shoes He sported a shaggy brown wig and a full beard and wore a medallion necklace

Retro: Cooper was dressed in a loose-fitting white shirt and white cotton flares with brown shoes. He sported a shaggy brown wig and a full beard and wore a medallion necklace

Secrecy: Plot details are scarce but the story centers around a high school student who is also a successful child actor. To date, Cooper is the only known name attached to the drama

Secrecy: Plot details are scarce but the story centers around a high school student who is also a successful child actor.

To date, Cooper is the only known name attached to the drama

The project, which will all be shot on location, has an expected shooting schedule of three months plus.  

Snapshots emerged over the weekend as Cooper, 45, was spotted filming in LA’s San Fernando Valley.

Cooper was dressed in a loose-fitting white shirt and white cotton flares with brown shoes.

He sported a shaggy brown wig and a full beard and wore a medallion necklace, looking very different from his dapper day-to-day appearance

Cameras rolled: The action took place at a gas station as crew members watched on from behind face masks and shields

Cameras rolled: The action took place at a gas station as crew members watched on from behind face masks and shields

Confrontation: At one point, Cooper, in character, appeared to be angrily threatening a young man with gasoline and a lighter

Confrontation: At one point, Cooper, in character, appeared to be angrily threatening a young man with gasoline and a lighter

The action took place in a gas station and the actor was seen at various times with a windscreen squeegee or a gas canister in hand.  

At one point, he appeared to be angrily threatening a young man with gasoline and a lighter.

He was joined in the scenes by a young actor and actress who were with him in the cab of a box truck. 

Role playing: The actor was almost unrecognizable as he sported a shaggy brown wig and a full beard and his 70s style included a medallion necklace

Role playing: The actor was almost unrecognizable as he sported a shaggy brown wig and a full beard and his 70s style included a medallion necklace

The production was clearly abiding by strict protocols as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

Crew members wore face masks and shields as protection against the spread of the virus.

When the pandemic hit in March and forced a shutdown in Hollywood, Cooper had been filming Nightmare Alley for Guillermo del Toro in Toronto, Canada.

He also has another directorial feature in the works; he’s set to direct himself in a Leonard Bernstein biopic for Netflix.

To date, Cooper has been nominated four times for an Oscar in an acting category – for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper and A Star Is Born.

Had company: The Hollywood star was joined in the scenes by a young actor and actress who were with him in the cab of a box truck

Had company: The Hollywood star was joined in the scenes by a young actor and actress who were with him in the cab of a box truck

In front of the camera: This is Cooper's first role since he directed himself in his remake of a Star Is Born, released in 2018

In front of the camera: This is Cooper’s first role since he directed himself in his remake of a Star Is Born, released in 2018

Back on the road: The truck was later equipped for filming on the move

Back on the road: The truck was later equipped for filming on the move

He has also been nominated as a producer for Joker, A Star Is Born and American Sniper and for his adapted screenplay for a Star Is Born, bringing his total tally of Academy Award nominations to eight. 

This will be Anderson’s fourth film set in the San Fernando Valley following Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love.  

It comes as the rest of Hollywood begins to return to work including Tom Cruise who headed back on to the set of Mission: Impossible 7 last week.   

The 58-year-old was seen leaping from a speeding motorbike as it hurtled off a 500ft on a former air base in Oxfordshire, UK, in a stunt sequence estimated to have cost GBP2million.

Multi-talented: He also has another directorial feature in the works; he's set to direct himself in a Leonard Bernstein biopic for Netflix

Multi-talented: He also has another directorial feature in the works; he’s set to direct himself in a Leonard Bernstein biopic for Netflix

Acclaimed: To date, Cooper has been nominated four times for an Oscar in an acting category - for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper and A Star Is Born

Acclaimed: To date, Cooper has been nominated four times for an Oscar in an acting category – for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper and A Star Is Born

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