It appears that Lady Gaga has lined up her next major acting gig.
The singer, who recently won a Golden Globe for her work on American Horror Story: Hotel, is said to be nearing a deal to take on the lead role initially offered to Beyoncé in a remake of A Star is Born. According to Deadline, Gaga screen-tested successfully, and is director Bradley Cooper’s first choice for the project.
The film would see Gaga take on a part played by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand over the years: an aspiring young actor on the cusp of fame. Cooper would also star in the film as the troubled, alcoholic movie star who helps her achieve her dreams.
Cooper’s remake, which marks his directorial debut, was to have initially been filmed by his American Sniper director, Clint Eastwood, with Beyoncé in the lead. Eastwood left the project in 2011 to make Jersey Boys. Beyoncé allegedly followed suit in March, after Cooper and Warner Bros balked at her asking fee. Deadline reports that the film will be made for around $30m, a relatively low budget by today’s studio standards.
Prior to starring in American Horror Story, Gaga had small appearances in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Machete Kills and Muppets Most Wanted. It was announced at the Cannes film festival in May that she was to play Cilla Black in a biography of singer Dionne Warwick, but Gaga subsequently denied her involvement.
She is next slated to return to American Horror Story for its sixth season.
This article was written by Nigel M Smith, for theguardian.com on Thursday 16th June 2016 22.36 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010