Will Gerard Butler Be There When A STAR IS BORN?

     May 20, 2010


There are already three versions of A Star Is Born scattered throughout film history, but since over thirty years have passed since the last, it’s time for a new one.  Russell Crowe was being considered for the male lead, but no offer has been made and the Robin Hood star may move on to other projects before one can be extended.  LA Times reports that Warner Bros. has a list of names they fancy for the role, and near the top is Scottish hunk Gerard Butler.  It would be new territory for Butler, who is known for action films like 300 and romantic comedies like The Bounty Hunter rather than more dramatic fare.

The female lead has not been chosen either, but Beyonce has been rumored for the part.  She would play an aspiring actress, while Butler would play an aging movie star who helps launch her career.  Check out the full plot synopsis after the jump.

a_star_is_born_1937_posterHere’s the synopsis for the 1937 original via Amazon:

“This is Mrs. Norman Maine,” proclaims Janet Gaynor, fighting back the tears as she addresses her fans while still rocked by personal tragedy. It’s the kind of grandiose gesture we love in a movie star, and the original A Star Is Born is gloriously grand with a cynical undercurrent. William Wellman, working from a sharp screenplay cowritten by the acerbic Dorothy Parker, strikes a balance between romantic glamour and tragic melodrama, all accomplished with a barely concealed caustic wit. It’s a Cinderella story of a fresh-faced farm girl, the improbably named Esther Blodgett (they have a lot of fun with that one) who transforms into screen icon Vicki Lester when she comes to the attentions of matinee idol Norman Maine (Fredric March). But when the deliriously happy couple marries, Vicki’s rise to the top is counterbalanced by Norman’s fall from grace, a precipitous plummet from stardom to alcoholism and bitterness. Gaynor’s milk-fed wholesomeness is a tad corny next to March’s worldly cynicism, but she’s a movie star through and through. Adolphe Menjou costars as a mercenary agent with a sing-song patter. One of the quintessential Hollywood Self-portraits, A Star Is Born was remade twice and was itself inspired by George Cukor’s wonderful What Price Hollywood? and the real-life story of Colleen Moore and John McCormick. March based his character on John Gilbert and John Barrymore.

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