Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to star in remake of Judy Garland’s A Star Is Born

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will star in the fourth adaptation of classic musical drama A Star Is Born, made famous by Judy Garland in 1954.

The film is significant for both Gaga and Cooper’s careers, marking the singer’s first starring role in a film and Cooper’s directing debut.

How will Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s remake compare to the 1954 Judy Garland classic?

Gaga will play a hopeful young singer whose career is helped by her older lover and mentor – played by Cooper – as his star is in decline.

Deadline announced on Thursday that Warner Bros had green lit the project, which will begin production in California next year.

The remake has floated around Hollywood for more than five years with pop doyen Beyonce originally slated to play protagonist Esther.

After talks reportedly broke down with the singer, director Clint Eastwood also abandoned the project to direct American Sniper with Bradley Cooper.

Cooper was approached by Warner Bros to direct the film in 2015. Bradley approached Gaga several months ago after talks again fell through with Beyonce who, according to the New York Post, was too expensive.

Gaga has already proven her acting chops on US TV series American Horror Story, winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series in January.

The 1954 film starring Judy Garland was actually an adaptation of the 1937 original, which starred Janet Gaynore as an aspiring Hollywood actress whose career is helped by a fading movie star.

Barbra Streisand headlined the 1970s remake alongside singer Kris Kristofferson but the film was canned by some critics as an “unmitigated disaster”. It did, however, win an Oscar for best original song and picked up five Golden Globes.

Garland’s version failed to pick up any of the six Oscars it was nominated for, but was praised by The New York Times as “one of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years”.

No date has been announced for the latest incarnation, which is still in the early pre-production stage.

 

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