The Hangover hunk first starred as the disfigured Merrick at the Actors Studio Drama School as part of his senior thesis and now he's stepping back into the role for a limited stage run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts this summer (12).
The play, which was first staged in 1977, tells the real-life story of Merrick, who's shocking appearance and medical diagnosis fascinated the world and led to him becoming a societal fixture in London during the Victorian era.
Cooper's turn will run from 25 July (12) to 5 August (12), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Elephant Man was previously adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1980. John Hurt took over the title role.