Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have just debuted the first trailer for their upcoming remake of the perennial Hollywood tale A Star Is Born.
The clip opens on Cooper’s character, a fading country crooner named Jackson Maine, as he takes the stage at an outdoor music festival to belt a country tune. “Baby it’s time to let the old ways die / It takes a lot to change, it takes a lot to try,” he sings as a roaring crowd looks on. Subsequent footage highlights Jackson’s personal struggles and eventual career lapse, though he perks up upon discovering a struggling artist, Ally (Gaga) as she sings in a bar.
“I don’t sing my own songs. I just don’t feel comfortable… Almost every single person has told me they like the way I sounded but they didn’t like the way I look,” Ally says after Jackson approaches her to inquire about her talents. He responds: “I think you’re beautiful.”
We then see a montage of the duo falling in love amidst highs and lows as Ally’s career takes off. The trailer closes as Jackson pushes Ally to perform in front of a large audience, with Gaga’s signature powerhouse vocals stealing the spotlight as she belts the lyrics to “The Shallow” on stage, singing: “I’m in the deep end, watch as I dive in / We’re far from the shallow now.”
A Star Is Born marks Cooper’s debut as a feature director. The Oscar-nominated actor signed on to helm back in 2015 after prior adaptations spent several years in development.
While Gaga and Cooper are the only ones singing in the new trailer, the film’s original soundtrack came together with the help of several music industry pros. Mark Ronson, who executive-produced Gaga’s 2o16 LP Joanne, helped write “The Shallow,” while Lukas Nelson, Dave Cobb, and Jason Isbell each had a hand in crafting other tunes for the project alongside Gaga and Cooper. At Gaga’s insistence, the material was recorded live on set as the movie filmed — a process that previously secured an Oscar nod for A Star Is Born‘s sound engineer, Steve Morrow (La La Land), back in 2017.
A Star Is Born hits theaters Oct. 5. Watch the first trailer below.