Now that a movie star is born, what should Lady Gaga do next?
The superstar, nominated for Best Actress for her exhilarating work in A Star Is Born, has her Las Vegas residency keeping her busy for part of 2019. But she has yet to announce a follow-up to her now iconic role as Ally in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.
Gaga had previous success on television with her starring role as the vampire-esque Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel (the role nabbed her a Golden Globe). So, a return to TV would be great but we’re guessing she’s going to keep the big-screen momentum going for at least a bit.
She’s already done the Oscar-caliber film so we’d like the next move to be a little more fun. Here is our entirely non-scientific, very opinionated brainstorm for Gaga’s movie future:
- JOIN THE WITCHES REBOOT: Robert Zemeckis is adapting Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book into a movie with Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer (Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is co-writing the script). Hathaway is taking on the role of the Grand Witch (played by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 film version) and Gaga seems perfect to enlist in her coven. Plus, we can definitely see her recording a song for over the credits à la Madonna/A League of Their Own/“This Used to Be My Playground.” Let’s just all try to forget that Zemeckis just directed Welcome to Marwen.
- PLAY A PLUM ROLE IN A BLUMHOUSE HORROR FILM: She’s already dipped her toe in the genre with AHS so why not go full-force in a horror thriller from the team that did Get Out, Halloween, and Jordan Peele’s next film Us? We can see a few options for Gaga: a final girl turned badass, à la Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in Halloween; a duplicitous twisty heroine à la Rose (Allison Williams) in Get Out; or a full throttle villain à la Ma (Spencer) in the upcoming Ma. We’re just realizing that maybe what we simply want is Gaga to act with Octavia Spencer.
- URSULA IN THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE-ACTION VERSION: Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) is slated to direct this Disney adaptation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken writing the score. Gaga would crush the role of sea witch Ursula. Imagine. Her. Singing. “Poor. Unfortunate. Souls.” Also, she would def not be intimidated by all the tentacles.