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Lady Gaga's Next Film Will Likely Blow Everyone Away

Lady Gaga shot to big screen stardom following her Oscar-nominated performance opposite Bradley Cooper in 2018's A Star Is Born. Now the multi-hyphenate is speeding towards her next been big role opposite another Hollywood A-lister, which will see her swapping out the stage for assassins on a high speed train.

Collider has reported that the Chromatica singer will be joining Brad Pitt in Sony's upcoming action thriller Bullet Train. Based on Kotaro Isaka's novel Maria Beetle, the film is being written by Zak Olkewicz, a producer on Lights Out, and directed by David Leitch, a popular stunt performer and stunt coordinator who made his uncredited directorial debut on the Keanu Reeves-led John Wick. While this is one of Olkewicz first scripts, Leitch has built a hefty resume since the 2014 hit, helming other high-octane blockbusters like Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in the years since. 

Entertainment Weekly has reported that Gaga's casting hasn't been confirmed, with neither her reps or Sony providing comment. But if Gaga does decide to take on the role — the nature of which is currently unknown — it would be a significant and exciting creative turn for the singer-turned-actress. While Gaga's dramatic acting chops in the A Star Is Born remake proved she could lead a major studio film, she had actually already shown that she was a rising star in Hollywood. 

The singer-actress — who Deadline reported will appear in Riddley Scott and MGM's upcoming Gucci drama alongside a still-rumored but possibly A-list filled ensemble — was previously featured in Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill, Machete Kills, and both the fifth and sixth seasons of Ryan Murphy's FX hit American Horror Story, Hotel and Roanoke, respectively.

Bullet Train's ensemble and story are to die for

Like several of her other recent projects, Bullet Train features a pretty impressive cast. In addition to Pitt, Gaga would appear alongside fellow Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Joey King, and Masi Oka. 

The story itself is just as thrilling as its cast. The Japanese hitman novel follows an unexpected meet-up between five different assassins. After each of the trained killers boards the fast moving bullet train in Tokyo, one by one they become aware of each other's presence. In the few hours on the train — and few stops between Japan's capital and their destination of Morioka — it becomes clearer that their missions and assignments are not unrelated to one another. Armed with their deadly skill and the knowledge that this was anything but an accidental run-in, the group of five assassins must navigate each other and the bullet train to find out who will make it off, and perhaps more importantly, what awaits them at their destination.

The story switches between the point of view of its various assassins, each of whom harbor their own distinct character quirks. According to Collider, while their source hasn't pointed to any specific role in regards to Gaga's potential casting, they did hint that it wouldn't be a leading part. Instead, it's likely a smaller supporting role, meaning Gaga's fans shouldn't expect to see her suiting up to kill. Still, between the story's subject matter and the previous work of its director, it's easy to see why this exciting project might be one of Lady Gaga's next big movies.