Lady Gaga is going to star opposite Bradley Cooper – who will direct – in remake of ‘A Star is Born’
As if Lady Gaga wasn’t already enough of a gay icon, now she’s following in the footsteps of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.
The bisexual superstar has signed to star in a new version of A Star is Born opposite Bradley Cooper who will direct the film, according to Deadline Hollywood.
There have been three previous versions of the story of an unknown performer whose rising career eclipses that of her alcoholic, has-been husband. I have, at different times, been obsessed with all three versions.
The first film was in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor opposite Fredric March. That was followed in 1954 by perhaps the most famous version starring Garland opposite James Mason. Garland, who had several big musical numbers in the film, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.
Then in 1976, Barbra Streisand starred in a rock music version of the story opposite Kris Kristofferson which featured her Oscar-winning song Evergreen. The film was directed by Streisand’s then-boyfriend Jon Peters who is one of the producers of the latest version.
The Gaga-Cooper version will begin production early next year. Beyonce had been Cooper’s original choice for his directorial debut but he went after Gaga when a deal could not be reached with the Dreamgirls star.
Gaga’s acting career took off last year with her starring role in FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel for which she won a Golden Globe Award. She is also headlining the next season of American Horror Story.