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.