Back in 2011 Clint Eastwood was tapped to direct a remake of A Star is Born, with Beyoncé Knowles starring as the lead character who is being given career advice by a washed-up self-destructive icon. But that was before the singer and actress got pregnant, and as a result of that, the film quickly dissolved. Eastwood would eventually move onto Jersey Boys, which got quickly panned by critics. But the film that the director was hoping to get made, has now fallen into the hands of an actor that appeared in one of his films.
American Sniper star Bradley Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut helming the film. He is also reportedly trying to bring Beyoncé back to the project as well. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports Cooper is also considering starring opposite Beyoncé as the destructive career adviser. According to the report, Beyoncé has yet to be formally approached about the role.
Cooper is currently performing in a stage play of The Elephant Man, which is heading to London in the summer. The idea is that once he is done with that he can get to work on the script for this written by Will Fetters.
A Star is Born has been remade twice, with the first film, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredic March, being released in 1937. Judy Garland and James Mason appeared in the 1954 version, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson both appeared in the 1976 film. While all three have been nominated for various Academy Awards, the 1954 remake is considered one of the best.
Beyoncé has appeared in films such as Austin Powers in Goldmember and Dreamgirls, the latter earning itself a few Academy Nominations. Cooper earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his most recent film, American Sniper.
There is no word yet on when Warner Bros. plans to release A Star is Born.