Bradley Cooper Approached Jack White While Plotting 'A Star Is Born': Report

A Star is Born
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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born. 

Before Lady Gaga was on board, sources claim the former White Stripes leader was in talks to be involved with Bradley Cooper's film.

If Bradley Cooper had had his way, A Star is Born might have been a very different movie. In a new interview in Variety magazine with Cooper's co-star/inspiration Lady Gaga, the director reveals that he initially considered someone else for the male lead, Jackson Maine. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him," Cooper said, without naming the Maine man he had in mind. 

Quoting an unnamed source with knowledge of the talks, the magazine then claims that Cooper met with rocker Jack White (before Gaga was cast as the female lead). It's unclear whether Cooper and White reportedly met about the role of Jackson, or for another job on the film, such as the consultant job that eventually went to Lukas Nelson. A spokesperson for studio Warner Bros. had no comment on the report.

In the interview, Gaga, 32, lounges around in a men's collared shirt that Cooper wore in several scenes in the latest remake of the classic tale of an addled star on their way down helping a burgeoning singer shine. The scene is another example of how hard it has been for Gaga to shake the character of Ally. "I wonder how long she'll stay," the singer says of the role that has led to a "very transformative" period in her life. "Or if she'll be in there forever." 

The Variety piece, which touts the potential Oscar front-runner status of the film, also includes Gaga saying that if the movie's showpiece ballad, "Shallow," is nominated for best song, she'll "one hundred percent" perform at the ceremony. In fact, Cooper plans to be there by her side to sing the duet. "We talked about that actually, because I'm such a maniac," Cooper says. "I started texting her the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we'll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it."

A spokesperson for White could not be reached for comment on the report at press time. Click here to read the Variety story.