Rumors have been swirling for some time, but as of today it is official: Lady Gaga will be starring in a remake of A Star Is Born. Deadline first reported earlier today that Warner Bros. had decided to greenlight the production, which will be directed by actor Bradley Cooper. Born will be Cooper’s feature directing debut, and the first leading role in a studio film for Lady Gaga.
Gaga has been steadily making moves toward an acting career over the past few years, showing up in small roles in movies like Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Her breakout moment as an actor came last year, however, in American Horror Story: Hotel. There Gaga was a celebrated standout in a cast that included such lauded performers as Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates, and she wrapped the season by taking home a Golden Globe for her performance.
Cooper’s version of A Star Is Born has taken a slightly more circuitous path on the way to production. The original version of the film was released in 1937, and follows an aspiring actress (played by Janet Gaynor) who rockets to fame while the former movie star that helps her get there fades into oblivion. The movie was remade as a highly-regarded musical in 1954 with Judy Garland, and then again in 1976 with Barbara Streisand (in a not-so-highly regarded version).
A modern take has been trying to will its way into existence for years, originally with Clint Eastwood lined up to direct Beyoncé in the leading role. Eastwood had wanted Cooper for the part of the declining male movie star, but when the project fell apart Cooper stepped into the director’s chair, as well. Other than casting Beyoncé herself it’s hard to imagine Cooper finding a better fit for A Star Is Born than Lady Gaga, who will also be writing original songs for the project.