We’ve been tracking the development of a new version of A Star Is Born for years. Beyonce was originally set to play a lead role under the direction of Clint Eastwood, with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Christian Bale and Tom Cruise touted for the other lead role. The project stalled when Beyonce dropped out in 2012.
Everything changed when Bradley Cooper boarded the project in 2015 as both star and director. Beyonce considered joining again but ultimately decided against it, leaving the way open last year for Lady Gaga to take on a role made famous by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.
Production has now begun and Lady Gaga shared the first official photo via social media.
I am so excited to star in my first movie alongside someone I’m so lucky to call my friend. I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of “A Star is Born” is so special and I’m so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true. Can’t wait for you to meet Ally. She has her first scene in 5….?
A post shared by xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) on Apr 17, 2017 at 8:29am PDT
Warner Bros. has also released an official synopsis for the movie, introducing the world to Stefani Germanotta (the birth name of Lady Gaga):
“Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.”
Described as a “reimagining,” the movie’s plot may sound essentially similar to the previous versions. But making the male lead a country music star, as opposed to an actor or a rock music star as in the past, will no doubt allow for some different scenarios, even though the entire movie will be filmed in southern California. We imagine the filmmakers have additional surprises up their sleeves.
The Academy Award-nominated Germanotta (The Hunting Ground) has composed original songs, which she will perform in the movie. Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott also star. A Star Is Born is scheduled for release on September 28, 2018.