The pop star follows two other divas with serious pipes in the franchise: The 1954 musical (itself an adaptation of a 1937 Janet Gaynor drama) starred Judy Garland, and the 1976 remake starred Barbra Streisand. Cooper, who will also star in the film, originally offered the role to Beyoncé, who ended up backing out. Production will begin early next year on the film, Cooper’s directorial debut, Deadline reports.
“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,” Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman said, according to Deadline. “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.”
Lady Gaga shared her own excitement at the news on Twitter:
With a bit of luck, the movie—sure to make a big splash—will add to the awards on both performers’ shelves.