Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper is returning to the stage!

The 39-year-old Oscar-nominated American Hustle star will reprise the titular role in The Elephant Man on Broadway this fall, EW reports. Cooper's return to the play will mark his first time on Broadway since 2006 when he costarred with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain.

Cooper is set to play John Merrick, The Elephant Man's main character, a man with a deformed body but an unbroken spirit. The character famously says the line, "I am not an animal!" to reassert his humanity to those who would only judge him by his appearance.

Cooper previously played the same role in a 2012 production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Patricia Clarkson and Cooper's American Hustle costar Alessandro Nivola also starred in the Williamstown production.

Cooper's return to the stage couldn't come at a hotter time in his career. He was just nominated for his second Academy Award for American Hustle, which has garnered lots of awards season buzz.

As for his next film roles, Cooper can be seen alongside frequent costar Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming drama Serena, as well as the upcoming untitled Cameron Crowe project.

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