Clint Eastwood and Beyoncé had been bandying about the idea to work together on yet another remake of the 1937 classic “A Star Is Born.” (The film has been remade twice — once in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and again in 1976 with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.)
But Tuesday, the R&B superstar, Grammy winner and three-time Golden Globe nominee announced she’s out, blaming scheduling conflicts. “I was looking forward to the production of ‘A Star Is Born’ and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood,” Beyoncé said in a statement issued to E! News. “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale and Johnny Depp are rumored to have been considered by Eastwood, but it is Bradley Cooper whose name seems to be in current contention for the male lead. Nothing is set in stone yet. Eastwood says he expects casting to be complete by early next year [via E! News].
Grammy-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding appears to now be in contention for the female lead, according to Variety.
All versions of “A Star Is Born” center around the relationship of a male performer whose star is dimming and his lady love interest whose career is on the rise.