Driving a car with Barbra Streisand in the passenger seat seems possibly like the most terrifying thing on earth, since she's one of a rare breed of performers who truly earns the word diva. But Time Magazine's Joel Stein dared to do it anyway, in the name of his regular column there, and in the process may have stumbled upon an actual bit of movie news, which he presents with absolutely no fanfare whatsoever.

While going over what he and Babs discussed in their hourlong drive together, he writes the following in his column:

Other than the temperature controlling and backseat driving, Barbra was a really fun, mellow driving buddy. She told me about her cousin Lowell, I told her what a mullet is, she told me she’s thinking of casting Lady Gaga as the lead in her remake of Gypsy, and I told her I was really, really cold.

As you can guess, it's that Gypsy tidbit that caught our eye. Streisand has been attached to the project for several years now, with the blessing of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, and earlier this year set Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes to write the script. But there hasn't been so much of a peep about who might play the lead role of Louise, since we don't even know if Streisand plans to appear herself in the plum role of Momma Rose. So would Streisand really drop that kind of information so casually?

Well, yeah, she probably would-- as we've learned again and again, Streisand does what she wants, and that might include casting a singer with no acting experience whatsoever in the lead role of a big film. I have no idea if Lady Gag has the acting chops to play the lonely and insecure Louise, but damn, it sure would be interesting to see her try-- and that's the reaction Streisand is probably counting on. Let us know what you'd think of Gaga taking on the part in the comments below.

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