Bradley Cooper will direct the film featuring Lady Gaga in the upcoming A Star Is Born remake. The actor will also appear in the film with the singer.
Reports of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s involvement with A Star Is Born first surfaced when the singer was caught by paparazzi on a motorcycle ride with the actor. The pop star tested for the studio, impressing the execs at Warner Bros.
The movie, based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. It was subsequently remade in 1954 by director George Cukor, with Judy Garland and James Mason starring, and again in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson headlining.
Warner Bros. has been working on its latest remake of A Star Is Born for years. Cooper’s American Sniper director Clint Eastwood became attached to the project in 2011. At one time, Beyonce was set to star, but things stalled when she became pregnant and Eastwood moved on to Jersey Boys.
Lady Gaga is best known for her pop music career, but has been involved in both film and TV projects in recent years. She starred in American Horror Story: Hotel, the anthology FX series from Ryan Murphy.
Most people agree that Gaga is the best fit for the film. Lady can sing her face off in old Hollywood glamor, which could be a relevant stepping stone toward other potential projects for the singer.
Gaga is actually an inspired choice for this role because she’s a thoroughly modern performer and she will provide presence that will be distinctly different from everyone who has come before her. Plus, Lady is hot off a Golden Globe win for her turn in American Horror Story and if she wants to make a splash in the movies, she needs to strike while the iron is hot. This is the kind of role that could truly play to her strengths.
Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe for her work on that show. She previously appeared in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Machete Kills and Muppets Most Wanted. Gaga was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the original song from the documentary The Hunting Ground.