Gravel-voiced character actor Sam Elliott has signed on to star opposite Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga for Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born.
The American Sniper star’s directorial debut, the project is an updated take on the classic story of a singer whose star rises just as her lover and mentor’s star begins to fade. It makes Lady Gaga’s first major film role.
Filming set to begin mid-April, with Elliott confirmed to play Gaga and Cooper’s manager, Bobby. Clint Eastwood had previously been set to direct the remake, with Beyonce in line to star. Billy Gerber, Todd Phillips, and Jon Peters are producing with Cooper.