Bradley Cooper has denied being cast alongside Beyonce in Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born.
Beyonce is confirmed to star in a new version of the classic movie musical, in a role as an ambitious singer previously played on screen by Janet Gaynor in 1937, Judy Garland in 1954 and Barbra Streisand in 1976. Cooper was rumoured to be co-starring as the singer’s mentor and love interest, a part previously depicted by Frederic March, James Mason and Kris Kristofferson.
However, when asked about the role by E! News, Cooper replied: “Just a rumour.” Asked whether he was interested in the project, Cooper responded cautiously, praising Eastwood for being “one of the best directors alive” but noting that “there are like three versions already”.
Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born has been in development for several years. Beyonce was cast in January 2011, but filming was delayed by the singer’s pregnancy. As well as Cooper, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Christian Bale have been linked to the male lead, an ageing rocker who falls in love with the younger, upwardly mobile singer.
Earlier this year (March 2012), screenwriter Will Fetters revealed that he has based the ageing rocker role on the late Kurt Cobain. He told CraveOnline: “I approached A Star is Born [imagining] if Kurt Cobain never got to go Unplugged and survived and it’s 20 years later and it’s now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That’d be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?”
Cooper’s latest film The Words, in which he stars as a writer who becomes successful by plagiarising, opens in the US today (September 7). He is scheduled to begin shooting The Hangover Part III later this month (2012).