Bradley Cooper has found another singing sensation to star in his upcoming remake of “A Star is Born,” and it’s none other than Lady Gaga.
The “Born This Way” singer agreed to fill the role after Beyoncé dropped out because production couldn’t afford her hefty $8 million pay demand. The total budget for the movie is said to be $40 million.
According to “Page Sixx,” Cooper was extremely disappointed to lose his first choice, but heavily recruited Gaga to fill the role. “Bradley flew out to direct Gaga in the audition himself, and she knocked it out of the park. Then he personally took the tape to Warner Bros. to get approval,” a source told the magazine.
The remake of the movie — which was itself a remake of a 1937 original — will be Cooper’s directorial debut. Clint Eastwood was originally set to direct back in 2011, when Beyoncé’s name was first mentioned as the female lead.
Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christian Bale were all reported to fill the male lead role, but the movie kept being delayed.
Gaga recently won a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story.