Beyonce Departs Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star is Born’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:02 pm,

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There’s no question that  Clint Eastwood is one of the most respected and revered actor/directors in film history. The 82 year-old  has certainly stayed busy in a career that has spanned six decades, and after starring in Trouble With the Curve earlier this year and another directorial project in the works, he is showing no signs of slowing down.

Eastwood’s latest project,  A Star is Born, would actually become the fourth version of a story that was last remade in 1976; an incarnation that starred Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Even though the latest update has been in production for several years, as of this moment, the project has failed to land a male lead and has recently seen its female lead, Beyonce Knowles, drop out.

Knowles was originally cast for the leading role of an aspiring singer who falls for a fading star nearly two years ago, but her pregnancy last year delayed production. Sources now tell Variety that a packed schedule and the fact that the film is still without a start date may have caused Knowles to abandon the project.

The film can add Knowles’ departure  to a laundry list of setbacks that have currently plunged it into “Development Hell.” Eastwood has gone through many potential actors for the male lead, including Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christian Bale, but no one has climbed on board. Even Tom Cruise was in talks to join the cast, but also dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

However, the A Star is Born does have a few thing going its way. Jon Peters (who produced the 76 version), Bill Gerber (Gran Torino) and Basil Iwanyk (The Town) are in as producers and Will Fetters (Remember Me) is writing the script that reportedly will feature a Kurt Cobain-inspired main character.

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With Knowles out of the picture, the search is already on for a replacement. Eastwood has reportedly expressed interest in Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding. However, no offer will be made to an actress for the female lead until an actor for the male lead is confirmed.The latest name to crop up on that list is Bradley Cooper, who recently appeared in Silver Linings Playbook. But with Hangover 3 in production and a role in David O. Russell’s untitled project coming up, there may be too much on Cooper’s plate already.

Eastwood is obviously dedicated to the project and hasn’t given up yet, but for now it looks like it may be some time before production on A Star is Born gets up and running. As always, we will keep you posted on this project and its latest developments.

Sources: Variety,


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  1. May all remakes suffer the same fate. Do something original!

    • not necessary to remake this – Judy Garland did it the best and should have won the oscar that year instead of Grace Kelly

  2. I’m as big an Eastwood fan as they get, and I was surprised to hear he took this project. Hopefully, he will now let it go and move on to bigger and better things.

  3. I guarantee you that if Eastwood didn’t pull that stunt at the RNC (which was great by the way), Beyonce would still be onboard. This is all about politics. Hollywood is slowly getting back at Eastwood for dissing their man.

    • Ha ha! I was thinking either Beyonce is secretly pregnant again or she had second thoughts about the project due to Eastwood’s “thing” at the RNC lol. Either way neither one of them needed this project and I don’t think it needs to be remade. Move on.

    • I must admit, the same thought crossed my mind, as I believe Beyonce is an Obama supporter, but with all the conflicting schedules in Hollywood, it’s a wonder anything gets done sometimes. If she got offended by Clint’s stance, too bad, so sad for her. Regardless of the cause of her pulling out, I hope Eastwood just forgets about this project and moves onto the next. I’m an Eastwood fan, but I had no interest in seeing Beyonce or this movie.

    • I think it’s a bit unfair to make that call. I’m no all out Beyonce fan but I have to imagine she is pretty damn busy these days and the longer she stays committed to a project that doesn’t have a beginning in sight the opportunities she has to pass. I’m sure it was just as the article states and that because the project couldn’t get off the ground she had to move on. It happens all the time.

  4. I agree. This seems like a net loser of a project. Move on to better things, no more bloody remakes. Oh, there’s a thought. Turn it into a zombie pic… “A scar is born” There’s a winner. You’re welcome Hollywood.

  5. I’ve never been impressed with the intelligence of actors, singers and other minstrels…so Beyonce’s politically motivated stupidity doesn’t surprise me.

    • I agree with you. These actors are all crazy. Would you believe Clint Eastwood was talking to an empty chair onstage? Talk about politically-motivated stupidity!

      • Ah, that was a gimmick that he employed, if you didn’t “get” it. By and large, most conservatives liked it, but obviously, most liberals did not, as it served to belittle their savior.

        • Jeff, you’re the one who doesn’t “get” it. Talk about irony.

  6. Sorry to hear this .
    I hope the project isnt dead .

  7. I haven’t heard anything about this project in a while, I hope it’s still alive. But I have thought for a long time Beyonce it’s right for it but not Eastwood. I think it’s a perfect as a hip-hop remake.