A new kind of star is born in Bradley Cooper’s upcoming romantic musical drama. A Star is Born is Cooper’s directorial debut and marks Lady Gaga’s first leading role in a film. The film is the third remake of the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. It’s other remakes include a 1954 musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and a 1976 rock musical starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This film also stars acting giant Sam Elliot and comedian Dave Chappelle.
The original story featured a starry eyed young Esther Blodgett (Gaynor) fleeing to Hollywood to become an actress. Esther meets the alcoholic Norman Maine (March), a failing actor who takes the young woman under his wing. He gets her the lead role in a film that skyrockets her to fame. The two fall for each other and their love is put to the test when Norman’s career continues to fail and Esther’s only grows with every day. It is a tragic yet beautiful story of loyalty, love, pursuing one’s passions, and the corruptions of fame.
The newest screenplay appears to be keeping the characters and story vaguely the same, however it changes them from actors to country singers. We will have to see how much Cooper follows the original storyline and how much original flavor he brings to the story. The release of the film will give everyone an opportunity to see how Cooper performs as both a director and lead; and how Gaga performs as an actor and singer on-screen.
The release of this film also marks the beginning of a promising trend of casting trained singers in leading musical roles. While directors might be taking a gamble on a singer’s acting ability, it is clear from films such as La La Land and Beauty and the Beast that it is much easier to train a singer to act then it is to train an actor to sing. Lady Gaga is sure to deliver a skilled and magnificent performance, and Cooper is always a force to be reckoned with. Go check out the trailer for “A Star is Born,” to be sucked into the dazzling excitement of the musical rise-to-fame story.