Ah, A Star Is Born — ageless and evergreen. The classic tale of a future has-been eclipsed by the rising stardom of his more talented wife has been remade more times in Hollywood than Kim Kardashian’s changed lovers. Hoping to turn this dream into a reality, noted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is in talks with Warner Bros. to make his directorial debut with the film, according to Deadline. But who — who, I ask?! — could possibly fill the shoes immortally inhabited by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand?
Say it softly, and it’s almost like praying.
Queen Bey was previously on board when Clint Eastwood was attached to direct his own Star Is Born, but production was plagued by delays, most notably an actual star being born by the name of Blue Ivy Carter. In addition to Cooper, Eastwood had several male leads in mind, from Will Smith to Leonardo DiCaprio and even the real Mr. Knowles-Carter, Jay-Z. Bey eventually dropped out in 2012, citing her busy schedule. Little did we know that she was about to shut down the entire music industry and still walk away without an Album of the Year Grammy.
Cooper and Warner Bros. haven’t yet approached Mrs. Carter about the role of several lifetimes, but they’re certainly going to give it the old college try.
A Star Is Born was originally produced in 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Frederick March, but it had its greatest iteration in 1954 when Judy Garland belted her way to a Best Actress Oscar nomination alongside James Mason as her alcoholic husband. Then in 1976, Barbra Streisand starred in a remake with Kris Kristofferson, pulling a Best Original Song Oscar out of her Jewfro for “Evergreen.”
Beyoncé has had moderate success with her acting career — receiving the occasional positive review and giving us the masterpiece that is Obsessed — but A Star Is Born could be the vehicle that finally drives her straight to the Academy — whether for acting or songwriting.
Make this happen, Bradley Cooper, and we might just forgive you for The Hangover movies. “Might” being the operative word.