In 2002, there were talks to feature Will Smith with either Jennifer Lopez or Alicia Keys. Here’s what Smith said at the time: “Jennifer loves the concept, [and] Alicia really likes it [too],” Smith says. “What I like about Jennifer is that you could go Latin. The music and the environment could be the Latin world, which would be different from all of the other [versions].”
Then in January, 2010, with Smith still attached to the film, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Rihanna’s names were thrown in the hat.
A month later (February 2010), Will’s out and Russell Crowe is in alongside Beyonce.
A year after that, in July 2011, actor Clint Eastwood is said to be directing (Beyonce is still the rumored star). She even went on the record to say she “met with Clint and I was so nervous, and I know that it is the biggest opportunity of my life.”
At some point, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the running as well. I’m exhausted, and if you’re still interested in this timeline, head over to Vulture.
Ultimately, Cooper became director and his first pick was Gaga. We love taste!
A Star Is Born, starring LADY GAGA and BRADLEY COOPER (phew!), premieres October 5th.
Thoughts on Rihanna or JLo or Beyonce or Alicia Keys landing the role instead? Leave a comment below!