The seeds for Hollywood’s third remake of A Star Is Born were sown in 2011, with the news that Clint Eastwood had signed on as director. Another chart-topping vocalist, Beyoncé, was initially poised to take on the leading female role. Meanwhile, Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio were just a few of the A-list actors who were reportedly in the frame to play her co-star.
But shooting of the movie had to be postponed because Beyoncé fell pregnant. Grammy-winning singer Esperanza Spalding then became the favorite to replace her as Bradley Cooper’s name entered the leading man fold for the first time. Indeed, he became both its co-star and director when the project got the green light several years later. However, his choice of leading lady came out of leftfield.
That’s because the leading female role of Ally Maine went to none other than everyone’s favorite meat dress-wearing pop superstar Lady Gaga. Interestingly, the singer didn’t have much experience on the big screen. Indeed, her only previous notable role had been human shapeshifter El Camaleón in Robert Rodriguez’s 2013 grindhouse throwback Machete Kills.