Casting Call: A Star is Born
In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.
Fresh from the success of American Sniper and currently touring London as Joseph Merrick in Broadway’s The Elephant Man, three-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper is negotiating his feature directorial debut with Warner Bros: a remake of A Star Is Born.
First directed by William Wellman in 1937 with Fredrick March and Janet Gaynor as the two leads, A Star Is Born was remade in 1954 starring Judy Garland and James Mason (Garland received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance), and then again in 1976 with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. The film focuses on Esther Blodgett, who rises to fame with the help of her beloved, Norman Maine, a washed up has-been who eventually lets his self-pity get the best of him. It’s a well-known tale, but not a tired one.
Who will rise to the occasion of filling the shoes of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Kris Kristofferson? There have been a few rumors (including Beyoncé as Esther), but here are our suggestions.
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