From Austin Powers in Goldmember to The Pink Panther to this? It would be quite a jump for Beyoncé, but then again, it’s been roughly a decade since those roles, and her recent music-focused films (like her 2013 HBO doc, Life Is But a Dream) have been quite personal and deep. As Bey winds down the wildly successful promotion cycle behind her self-titled 2013 album, this could be yet another savvy move from the singer.
As for a timetable, Cooper is expected to begin focusing on the film once he completes his role onstage in The Elephant Man. After transferring from Broadway, the show’s 12-week run begins May 19.
But regarding A Star Is Born, nothing is set in stone yet, as Deadline notes Beyoncé has not yet been approached formally.
And this isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been linked to the role. In 2011, her pregnancy caused her to fall out of consideration for an earlier incarnation of the project, back when Clint Eastwood was directing.
Potentially, she would be filling the role of aspiring actress Esther Blodgett (played by Judy Garland in the original), who teams with the past-his-prime actor Norman Maine (Cooper’s character) in her quest for stardom.
Beyoncé and a quest for stardom? Cooper is certainly onto something!