"The studio wouldn't make the movie with him".
Bradley Cooper reportedly approached Jack White about the prospect of playing the male lead in A Star Is Born, before it was eventually decided that he would take the role himself.
The Oscar tipped drama was released in October and saw Cooper win huge plaudits for his turn as Jackson Maine, a washed up rocker who falls in love with talented waitress Ally (Lady Gaga) as their careers head in entirely different trajectories.
But despite tackling the role, Cooper says that he originally envisaged the character for someone else entirely.
“I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician,” he told Variety. “But [the studio] wouldn’t make the movie with him.”
Although Cooper did not mention the name of the person that he approached, an independent source told Variety that he spoke to the White Stripes icon before studio bosses vetoed the idea. White himself is no stranger to the big screen, having previously appeared in a multitude of cameos throughout his career – including a notable turn as Elvis Presley in musical parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
At present, A Star Is Born has grossed over £33 million at the UK box office. At the end of last month, it was knocked from the top spot by Bohemian Rhapsody which grossed an impressive £6.48 million in its opening weekend.