First Trailer for A STAR IS BORN Starring Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

If you looked at my Top 10 of 2017 article then you'll know I'm a big Lady Gaga fan and so it goes without saying that I'm fairly excited to see her big screen debut in a feature especially when that feature is the third remake of the 1937 film of the same name. A Star is Born was first re-made in 1954 starring Judy Garland and James Mason and then again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This latest incarnation of the story deals in a country star helping a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral, will not only be Gaga's feature debut in a starring role though, but it will also serve as her co-star, Bradley Cooper's, directorial debut. The screenplay has been reformatted for what I'm presuming is a modern day if not just a slightly different take on the material by more than a handful of screenwriters, the latest of which includes Cooper himself and veteran Nicholas Sparks adapter Will Fetters (The Best of Me, The Lucky One), but fear not as there have also been drafts done by the likes of Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) and Christopher Wilkinson (Ali) that lend an optimism to what was certainly a daunting project to take on as a directorial debut. If Cooper's particular brand of passion and commitment bleed into this as it typically does his performance work I can only imagine the heights this one might reach. And certain heights it seems this thing is destined to reach as the trailer already demonstrates its mass appeal (the country music demographic as well as Gaga's?) and potentially even awards season contention if the locked picture is anywhere near as good as this first official look at the film suggests it to be. I'm loving the look of Cooper's Jackson Maine and how natural the actor seems to be at having slipped into this type of role in this very specific kind of world. Furthermore, Gaga AKA Stefani Germanotta looks to have been a perfect fit to fill this modern day take on a story we've all seen before, but maybe (hopefully) never like this. A Star is Born also stars Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott, Michael Harney, Bonnie Somerville, Anthony Ramos, and opens on October 5th, 2018.

Synopsis: In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. 

In addition to playing Ally, Gaga, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. All the music is original and was recorded live.

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