Lady Gaga is poised to land a role that would place her in the company of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. Both of those stars have played the lead in “A Star Is Born,” and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gaga is in negotiations to play the role opposite Bradley Cooper in a new big-screen remake.
The Warner Bros. film will also be directed by Cooper.
“Reports of Gaga’s involvement first surfaced when the singer was caught by paparazzi on a motorcycle ride with Cooper,” THR reports. “Gaga tested for the studio, impressing the execs. Warners had no comment.”
Both the 1954 Judy Garland-James Mason version of the movie and the 1976 Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson version were preceded by the original 1937 movie, which starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The story “centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral,” THR notes.
THR adds: “Warner Bros. has been working on its latest remake of ‘A Star Is Born’ for years. Cooper’s ‘American Sniper’ director Clint Eastwood became attached to the project in 2011. At one time, Beyonce was set to star, but things stalled when she became pregnant and Eastwood moved on to ‘Jersey Boys.'”