Here’s Why the Other Version of “A Star Is Born” Didn’t Work Out

Beyonce at the 'Tidal X 10/15' concert in 2016
Beyonce at the 'Tidal X 10/15' concert in 2016. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX//Shutterstock (6323718an)

Before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper dived into the shallow and made us all believe in true love again, a very different version of A Star Is Born was on the cards.

The film is the third remake of the 1937 film, with previous versions having starred Judy Garland and James Mason, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

The latest installment, however, was set to look quite different originally.

Clint Eastwood and Beyoncé were attached to the project when talks began in 2011, but plans went awry.

“There was a moment where that was the best version of the movie and then all of a sudden, Beyonce got pregnant. Do we wait?” the film’s producer, Bill Gerber, told The Hollywood Reporter. “She was amazing about all this stuff. She always understood if we were going to take a different direction. And then Clint went off and did another movie.”

You might describe the entire thing as fate if you’re Bradley Cooper.

The 43-year-old originally passed on the film, feeling he was too young, but when presented with the opportunity again, Gerber says, “he was happy to hire himself as the actor because he was a little older at [that] point and he felt like he could portray the character better.”

We think he did a pretty good job.