First Look at Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star Is Born’

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are about to go where Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand have gone before.

Filming began Monday on “A Star Is Born,” the latest remake of the the oft-made story of two celebrities who meet when one’s star is on the rise and the other’s is waning. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. released the first image from the movie, which has Gaga wailing into a microphone while Cooper, guitar in hand, looks on admiringly.

Gaga is being billed as Stefani Germanotta, her real name, and the film marks her first leading role in a major motion picture. It also represents Cooper’s directorial debut.

Cooper will play Jackson Maine, a country music star who discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack struggles to accept that his best days may be behind him, putting a strain on their budding romance.

Previous versions of the film include the 1937 classic with Fredric March and Janet Gaynor as Hollywood stars, the beloved 1954 George Cukor musical version with Garland and James Mason, and the financially successful, if slightly campy, 1976 update with Streisand and Kris Kristofferson as rockers. That one is best known for Streisand’s torch song “Evergreen” and for her exuberant perm.

At one point, Clint Eastwood flirted with remaking the film with Cooper and Beyonce. Gaga has composed and will perform original songs in the movie. The two head a cast that also includes Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott. The film hits theaters on Sept. 28, 2018.

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  1. Denice Williams says:

    I can’t wait for this movie! The 70’s version!

  2. Barb from PA says:

    It will be amazing. Gaga does not do “Mediocre”!

  3. stormsurger says:

    Not a Streisand fan, not a GaGa fan. That being said I’d rather subject myself to CHiPs than the third remake of this movie. Streisand makes my skin crawl. GaGa is talented so I may prefer that one.

  4. Casey blade says:

    The Streisand one wasn’t campy- it was great and alot of people loved it- this one will suck.

    • Dartarius Jackson says:

      I’m a Streisand diehard. Her version worked for the time. Still, the script was corny and the dialog was frequently hoaky. Had it not been for Barbra and Kristofferson, it would have never worked. She took 6 million (extremely low budget even for the mid 70s) and it was one of the most profitable films of the decade.

      I think this version has the potential to actually be the best of the heap. It’s all about putting it together and executing it.

  5. Jimmy Green says:

    Why the beard? NO NO NO

  6. Dunstan says:

    Big fan of Cooper’s; have never seen Gaga’s acting. But this doesn’t pass the smell test.

  7. markareeno says:

    I like Gaga – she’s not as snarky and negative as others in Hollywood. But, I wish they would have cast a male lead that could really sing.

  8. Kathy M says:

    This is going to bomb.

  9. Christopher says:

    “Evergreen” is hardly a torch song. It doesn’t bemoan a lost love, it celebrates a new one. If you need to learn the definition of a torch song, look no further than “The Man That Got Away,” in Garland’s A Star is Born.

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