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Bradley Cooper to film A Star is Born in California

Los AngelesBradley Cooper will film a remake of the classic Hollywood musical A Star is Born in California early next year.

Cooper will produce and direct the new movie through his Joint Effort production banner, which is based at Warner Bros, the studio backing the project. The actor will also star alongside singer Lady Gaga, who is set to compose and perform original music for the production.

“For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director,” said Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. 

“We are honoured that he is doing it, here, at his home – Warner Bros. – and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of A Star is Born.”

The original A Star is Born was released in 1937. Janet Gaynor starred as a young woman who goes to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of stardom and is helped along the way by Frederic March’s washed-up former leading man. New feature versions of the story were made in 1954 and 1976, with each attracting awards attention.

Warner Bros. Pictures has secured a filming incentive payment of $7.7m to shoot A Star is Born in California. The tax credit support is the second-highest figure allocated to a movie so far this year after Ava DuVernay’s Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time

Earlier this month, incentive support was announced for 28 feature films – including 18 studio productions – from nearly 100 applicants.

California’s production industry will be hoping that A Star is Born and A Wrinkle in Time will mark a turning point in bringing more big-budget studio productions back to California. However, the state still faces stiff competition from US competitors like Georgia, Louisiana and New York, and internationally from Canada and the UK. 

For more on filming in California see our production guide.