Lady Gaga will star in and write music for Bradley Cooper’s 'A Star Is Born' remake

Justin Carissimo
New York
Wednesday 17 August 2016 16:34 BST
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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are to co-star in a remake of A Star is Born, Warner Bros has confirmed, ending months of rumours about which singer would appear in the lead role.

Gaga will also compose original music for the latest update on the 1937 film, which tells the story of a young starlet who seeks stardom with the help of a fading leading man with a drinking problem.

Cooper, who is making his directorial debut, first approached Beyoncé to star in the film, but after failing to sign her, Gaga was next in line. The Grammy Award-winning artist will be making her debut in a starring role for a feature film. Following the announcement, Gaga said on Twitter that she is elated to be involved in the project with Cooper and that he’s a "brilliant" and "visionary" artist.

Expectations are high for the film, as the Hollywood classic originally starred Judy Garland in 1954 and Barbra Streisand in 1976. Garland earned an Oscar nomination for best actress and Streisand won the Academy Award for best original song for “Evergreen.”

Earlier this year, Gaga earned an Oscar nomination for “Til it Happens to You,” from the documentary on sexual assault titled The Hunting Ground. She’s also tallied six Grammy Awards in her illustrious career.

“For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director,” WB Studios President Greg Silverman said in a statement. “We are honored that he is doing it, here, at his home—Warner Bros.—and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all-new vision of A Star is Born.”

Production for A Star Is Born will begin next year in California.

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