Remember how Clint Eastwood was going to do a remake of “A Star is Born” with Beyonce? A remake of the 1976 film which was a remake of the 1954 film which was a remake of the 1937 film, which was based on the 1932 film “What Price Hollywood?” First it was postponed while Beyonce was pregnant and then it stagnated because they can’t seem to find a leading man to play the role of the high powered music producer who discovers a nobody and watches her career skyrocket as his hits the skids. Tom Cruise was supposed to be interested but that’s apparently faded away (I’m telling you, it’s because he won’t play a role showing him as physically weak and this character is supposed to be an alcoholic). Christian Bale was rumored but that doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere. Now according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bradley Cooper is the next man up for the job.
Cooper’s popular, though–he’s also supposed to be on the verge of signing up for “Bad Blood and Trouble,” J. Blakeson’s follow up to “The Disappearance of Alice Creed. He might choose one over the other or could do both; the Blakeson film reportedly won’t shoot until mid to late next year, which means tht “A Star is Born” could shoot during the the first part of the year.
I’ve seen the 1937 and 1954 versions of “A Star is Born” a number of times and don’t love Cooper for the role (and I do usually like him). Why? The character really should be older. Cooper’s in his thirties and Beyonce is in her late twenties. I think it works better when the character on the downslide is a little older; Cruise was perfect in that respect. But if he takes it, well, I guess we’ll see how wrong or right I am.
Cooper will be next week in “Hit and Run,” followed this fall by “The Words,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” He also will be shooting “The Hangover Part III” in the last part of this year.