According to a new Lady Gaga cover story on Variety, Bradley Cooper had someone else in mind to play the role of rock star Jackson Maine.
Cooper says that in 2014, after Beyoncé had dropped off of the film and Gaga hadn’t yet joined, he had approached an “actual musician” to play the country rock singer and guitar player. “I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician,” Cooper explained. “But [the studio] wouldn’t make the movie with him.”
Allegedly, that musician was Jack White, who does in fact have some film experience after 2003’s Cold Mountain and his role of Elvis Presley in 2007’s Walk Hard. However, when Lady Gaga decided to join the movie, the studio insisted that Cooped starred in the film instead.