In addition to directing, Cooper will play Jackson Maine, a fading country music star who discovers a talented unknown named Ally, played by Lady Gaga, who will be credited under her real name Stefani Germanotta. The two begin a passionate love affair, though as Ally’s career begins to eclipse Jack’s, he struggles to accept that his best days may be behind him.
Chappelle will play Cooper’s best friend Noodles, who started out playing blues clubs with Jackson.
Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Elliott and Greg Grunberg will co-star in the movie, which is currently filming. It will feature original songs composed and performed by Lady Gaga, so expect this to be one of the bestselling soundtracks of 2018.
Cooper co-wrote the script with Will Fetters and Eric Roth, and he’s also producing with Todd Phillips, Bill Gerber, Jon Peters and Lynette Howell Taylor. Basil Iwanyk and Ravi Mehta are serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. will release A Star Is Born on Sept. 28. 2018.
Prior to a brief appearance in Spike Lee’s 2015 drama Chi-Raq, Chappelle hadn’t been seen on the big screen in a decade, having last toplined Block Party. His other film credits include Half Baked, Con Air and The Nutty Professor. He’s represented by Gersh, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news of his casting.
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