Hugely popular actor and producer Bradley Cooper may soon add the title of director to his résumé. Fresh off the success of his blockbuster film American Sniper, Cooper is in talks to direct and possibly play the male lead in a remake of the classic film A Star is Born for Warner Bros.
There have already been three versions of the showbiz drama about a successful actor who helps a struggling young singer/actress achieve stardom while his own career declines due to age and alcoholism. The original movie was made back in 1937. The most memorable interpretation, released in 1954, starred Judy Garland and James Mason.
Cooper will also produce along with prominent filmmaker Jon Peters (Rainman, Wild Wild West). Peters produced a 1976 version that starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
The movie, which has been in development for a number of years, was at one point going to feature Beyoncé in the female lead and be directed by Clint Eastwood; but the project was put on hold because of Beyoncé’s pregnancy, and Eastwood decided to move on to other films. However, Eastwood will still reportedly serve as one of the producers.
Although Beyoncé hasn’t been formally approached to rejoin the movie, those involved are hoping she will star opposite Cooper.
Bradley Cooper will next be seen onscreen in the love triangle dramedy Aloha, with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, out May 29. He will also star in two more films by the end of the year: restaurant comedy Adam Jones opening Oct. 2, and the drama Joy with frequent co-star Jennifer Lawrence, premiering Dec. 25.