After much effort and agita, the fourth version of A Star is Born is finally on its way to movie theaters. Warner Bros. has green lit the movie, with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fronting the film. On top of that, Cooper will be making his directorial debut with this movie.
The film, like every version of A Star is Born, will chronicle the rising star of a young ingénue paired against the fall of her older lover’s career. The most famous version is probably the one from 1954, which starred Judy Garland and James Mason. There was also a memorable version made in the ‘70s with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This is clearly a story that is well-worn at this point, but with the way the world, and pop culture, has changed since 1976, you could make an argument that another A Star is Born does make some sense. Plus, complaints about remakes are tired at this point.
In addition to Cooper’s directorial debut, this will be Lady Gaga’s first time starring in a major motion picture. She did win a Golden Globe for her work in American Horror Story, but mostly that just led to people (questionably) making fun of the Golden Globes. In the past, names such as Clint Eastwood and Beyoncé have been attached to this film, but over the years various versions of this movie have fallen by the wayside. Now it finally seems ready to be made, and Lady Gaga gets to step into a role memorably played by Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand. That just seems right.