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Now here’s a pairing none of us saw coming: hot off an Oscar nomination for his powerhouse leading turn in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper has entered negotiations to take the reins on a Warner Bros. remake of A Star Is Born that was previously being circled by Cooper’s Sniper director Clint Eastwood. The redo, which has been in the pipeline for many years, had courted Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Tom Cruise over the years to star, but it’s expected that Cooper will also take on the male lead.
As for the equally important female lead, the project is apparently still angling for pop royalty, with eyes for veritable Queen of the World Beyoncé Knowles. Of course, Beyoncé has not yet been approached, but the producers are hoping to do that very quickly if Cooper signs a deal to direct.
- Isaac Feldberg
Bradley Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut with the long-planned A Star Is Born remake for Warner Bros. The film originally had Beyoncé Knowles attached to star, with Clint Eastwood directing. Though Clint Eastwood is no longer involved with the project, the hope is that Beyoncé Knowles will return, and Bradley Cooper will co-star alongside her.
Beyoncé Knowles is wanted to take the lead as a young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped along by a former Hollywood icon (Bradley Cooper) whose better days are behind him. Bradley Cooper was originally interested in the role when Clint Eastwood was attached to the project. The actor is set to take a pass at the screenplay with writer Will Fetters, who penned the most recent draft. He will dive into the project whole heartedly once he wraps his Broadway role in The Elephant Man, which he is currently performing in London. »
Could the Queen B be teaming up with the current king of the box office? Deadline reported Tuesday that Bradley Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut with a remake of the classic showbiz drama and romance A Star is Born, and that Beyonce will be approached to star alongside Cooper in the film.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. hopes he can jump into the project, along with producing and taking a stab at the script by Will Fetters (The Lucky One, Remember Me) once he is finished starring in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.
The bigger complication however may not be securing Cooper, but Beyonce. Clint Eastwood has long been attached to this project, but he recently revealed in an interview with THR’s Stephen Galloway that Beyonce is obviously very busy being a super-megastar, and that Warner Bros. »
- Brian Welk
Bradley Cooper is stepping behind the camera, and he wants Beyonce to be his leading lady. The three-time Academy Award-nominated actor is in talks to make his directorial debut with Warner Brothers' long-in-development remake of A Star is Born. Based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the film centers on an aging, self-destructive actor who helps an aspiring actress achieve her dreams of stardom. Cooper will also produce alongside Jon Peters, Billy Gerber and Basil Iwanyk, and Deadline reports that they have their eyes set on Beyonce Knowles for the female lead. Beyonce was previously courted for the picture when Clint Eastwood attached to direct. Eastwood tried to get the project off the ground at Warner Brothers for years, looking at a number of A-list actors for the male lead including Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cooper himself. Eastwood's version of the film fell apart with Beyonce's pregnancy, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Before Beyonce got pregnant she was going to star in a remake of A Star is Born for Clint Eastwood. When the project was delayed as a result of Beyonce's pregnancy, Eastwood went on to make Jersey Boys and American Sniper, but now the film is bubbling back to the surface, though Eastwood isn't the one Warner Bros. is looking at to direct, no, it's his American Sniper star Bradley Cooper. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in negotiations with Cooper to make his directorial debut on the remake with hopes for him to also star in the film. After that, the goal is to hopefully re-approach Beyonce to take on the role of the starry-eyed girl dreaming of being a star only to have to scrape out a living as a waitress until she finds a helping hand from a alcoholic movie idol. The screenplay was written by Will Fetters »
- Brad Brevet
Clint Eastwood, who directed Cooper in “American Sniper,” became attached to direct “A Star is Born” in 2011 with Beyonce Knowles set to star. She later fell out of the project after becoming pregnant while Eastwood put it aside for “Jersey Boys.”
It’s unclear if Cooper will star in the film or if Knowles will rejoin the project. Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have all been mentioned at various points for the movie star role. The latest script was written by »
- Dave McNary
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