Cooper said his Grammy-winning counterpart "made me feel comfortable" performing new songs live

By Joey Nolfi and Jeff Nelson
December 06, 2017 08:00 AM
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They’re doin’ it for “The Fame”!

In the upcoming third remake of A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper and Stefani Germanotta will put a modern, genre-spanning spin on the 1937 rags-to-riches love story — and PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive look at the movie, which hits theaters May 18, 2018.

Cooper, 42, cowrote the film’s script, coproduces, directs and will star in the upcoming drama. Meanwhile, A Star Is Born will be the first leading role for 31-year-old Germanotta (that’s Lady Gaga, who will be credited under her birth name).

The accomplished pop star — who has won six Grammy Awards and is nominated for two more at the 2018 ceremony — insisted on filming all the original music live on camera for a more raw, authentic performance.

Stefani Germanotta and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born
| Credit: Neal Preston/Warner Bros.

Perhaps surprisingly, this proposition didn’t give Cooper pause — because his onscreen counterpart “made me feel comfortable,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I never had to deal with the reality of asking myself, ‘Are you nuts, putting yourself on stage with Lady Gaga?’”

Credit: Neal Preston/Warner Bros.

Cooper and Germanotta filmed the movie throughout the spring and summer, capturing live footage onstage at various music festivals, including Glastonbury and Coachella. The singer revealed that production wrapped in June, marking the occasion with a celebratory Instagram post.

A Star Is Born centers on a country music star Jackson (Cooper) as he helps aspiring entertainer Ally (Germanotta) find fame as a complicated relationship ensues.

The original movie — which starred Old Hollywood icons Fredric March and Janet Gaynor — hit theaters in 1937 and scored seven Oscar nominations, winning one. Subsequent remakes starred Judy Garland (1954) and Barbra Streisand (1976).

For much more on A Star Is Born, pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.