In what has got to be “this is too good to be true” news, Dave Chappelle is joining the cast of A Star Is Born. The funnyman is joining Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and I’m going to assume he’s playing the comic relief. Per Variety:
Dave Chappelle has joined Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the Warner Bros. remake of “A Star is Born.”
Cooper is also directing, which marks his feature film helming debut. He is producing through his 22 & Green production company, along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor; with Basil Iwanyk and Ravi Mehta serving as executive producers.
The movie, based on William Wellman’s 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, centers on a fading country music star who helps an aspiring singer as his own career spirals downward. James Mason and Judy Garland starred in a 1954 version, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson toplined the 1976 pic.
In the remake, Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally. As the two begin a passionate love affair, he coaxes her into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as her career quickly eclipses his own, he finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.
Chappelle is enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late. His hosting gig with SNL proved to be a hit, and his recent Netflix specials have proven to be a massive success for the company. And if he’s not playing the comic relief, then I’m definitely intrigued.