Will Fetters, the screenwriter on A Star Is Born, explains how he’s approaching writing the lead role:

“I think I’ve reinvented the Norman Maine character, the lead,” Fetters said. “I wanted to do A Star is Born because I’m a huge Kurt Cobain fan. That was like my Kennedy assassination when I was a teenager. When he died it was a huge horrible thing. So I approached A Star is Born, for me the framework was all right, if Kurt Cobain never got to go Unplugged and survived and it’s 20 years later and it’s now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That’d be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?”

While Vulture explains who the current frontrunner is:

Who will star opposite Beyoncé in A Star Is Born? Over the last year or so, that role has been difficult to lock down: Once upon a time, Russell Crowe was attached, then Clint Eastwood took over as director and approached Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to no avail. Now, reports Deadline, the helmer is in talks with Tom Cruise for the male lead.

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