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“A Star is Born” Trailer suggests an awards hopeful

Yesterday, a Trailer dropped for the rare remake that also has Academy Award aspirations. Most of the time, remakes are passable at best, and atrocious at worst. This one, however, could be different. The film in question is, in case you couldn’t guess, A Star is Born, which also marks the directorial debut of A-list actor Bradley Cooper. Teamed up with Lady Gaga, the pair seek to make this latest version of the story the most successful one yet. Warner Brothers is clearly optimistic about this one, considering the movie is a fall release. You’ll be able to see the Trailer at the end of the article, as always, but first…let us discuss!

The film is the latest version of the classic story. Warner Brothers describes the plot as such: “Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer – until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.” Anyone who has seen one of the previous versions probably knows, at least in broad strokes, what will happen. The appeal here is just how well done this new incarnation looks. In addition to starring and directing, Cooper also co-writes here with Will Fetters and Eric Roth. Co-starring with Cooper and Gaga are Dave Chappelle, Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg, Anthony Ramos, Bonnie Somerville, and more. Jay Cassidy edits, while the cinematography is from top tier DP Matthew Libatique. In addition, Cooper and Gaga co-wrote original songs for the flick.

From the looks of this Trailer, the movie should be a huge hit. The music sounds great, Cooper radiates star power with Gaga, and the actor also appears to be a strong filmmaker. Plus, Elliott could have a juicy supporting role. Mainly though, going by the Trailer, we can see that Gaga appears to have acting chops, while Cooper has no shortage of talent behind the camera. The direction here is polished, far more so than you’d expect for a directorial debut. Not only will audiences eat this up, it may also end up being something the Academy goes for. More below.

If we see A Star is Born live up to the hype, Oscar could very well come calling. Look for WB to put forward an across the board campaign, including efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Cooper), Best Actor (for Cooper as well), Best Actress (for Gaga), Best Supporting Actor (for Elliott), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Cooper, Fetters, and Roth), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Song. At this early juncture, nothing is guaranteed, but Original Song seems like a category that easily could happen. This is one to definitely keep an eye on this fall.

You can see this first look at A Star is Born below, and obviously we’ll be talking about it plenty more. The movie doesn’t hit until, October, so it will be building buzz for the next handful of months. Voters may well need to pay attention to this one. It’ll be coming out around the fall film festival season, so a high profile debut could easily be in the works. For now, we just have a Trailer to gaze at. For the music alone, it’s compelling, but the look also does a great job selling the package. Take a look and sit tight for more on the flick in the fall…

Here now is the Trailer for A Star is Born:

Stay tuned for lots more on A Star is Born between now and its October 5th release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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