by Hiko Mitsuzuka @TheFirstEcho
First, she conquered the small screen in American Horror Story Hotel, and now, Lady Gaga is poised to take on the big screen in a major starring role for a new version of the classic cautionary showbiz tale A Star Is Born.
Some of you industry followers will recall that it's a role originally considered for Beyonce, but we think Gaga will do just fine, following in the cinematic footsteps of Barbra Streisand (in the 1976 version) and Janet Gaynor (in the 1937 original).
An exclusive from Deadline states: "Warner Bros has green lit A Star Is Born. Production begins early next year in California, marking the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, who’ll also star alongside Lady Gaga. Latter gets her first studio starring role, as the ingenue singer whose star rises as quickly as her troubled lover/mentor’s star is falling.
Deals have been closed by Warner Bros president of Creative Development and WW Production's Greg Silverman, and Gaga will compose and perform new music for the film. This picture has been a long time coming for Cooper, who is teaming on the script with Will Fetters. Billy Gerber and Jon Peters are producing with Cooper and his Joint Effort partner Todd Phillips. Basil Iwanyk is exec producer. Production will begin early next year in California."
“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,” Silverman said. “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.”
Cooper and Gaga are repped by CAA.