It's official: Dave Chappelle is joining Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report Chappelle's casting on Friday. Warner Bros. rep Jack Horner confirmed the announcement with USA TODAY.
The remake, Cooper's directorial debut, is currently in production, and recently shot scenes on location at Coachella, inviting fans to appear as extras.
This film is sacred Hollywood ground: Based on William Wellman’s 1937 movie, A Star is Born, the film was first remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and then in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. Its current incarnation tells the story of a country music star whose career is in decline (Cooper) before he strikes up a romance with an unknown singer (Gaga) whom he mentors to stardom.
I am so excited to star in my first movie alongside someone I'm so lucky to call my friend. I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of "A Star is Born" is so special and I'm so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true. Can't wait for you to meet Ally. She has her first scene in 5....⏰
According to THR, Chappelle will play a character named Noodles, who is Cooper's oldest friend with whom he started out playing with in blues clubs.
The comedian has been on a roll. Last year Chappelle appeared in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, hosted Saturday Night Live after the election, and recently released two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, his first in 12 years.
A Star is Born is due in theaters Sept. 28, 2018.