Is Robert Downey Jr. About To Be Re-Born?

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robert downey jr sherlock holmes1 Is Robert Downey Jr. About To Be Re Born?A new film version of A Star is Born has been bubbling away in Hollywood for the best part of a decade with the likes of Will Smith and Beyonce Knowles attached to the project at one point or another.

Now, it appears the film is still high on Warner Bros’ agenda with Knowles keeping her place on the water tower studios wish list of stars, alongside fellow divas Alicia Keyes and Rihanna. However, Smith is out of the picture but fanboy favorite Robert Downey Jr is now in the frame to star.

Three film versions of A Star Is Born have been made since the 1930’s – yes folks it’s another remake! The famous story charts the relationship between a drunken star whose career is on the downward spiral and a young performer whose star is ascending.

The last film version of the tale was made in 1976 with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in the lead roles and Deadline Hollywood reports that the Warner wish list has Downey Jr at the top, with Mad Men’s Jon Hamm also in the running. Director Nick Cassavetes is in “early talks” to helm the film which has been written by Will Fetters.

star is born Is Robert Downey Jr. About To Be Re Born?

Since Iron Man hit big at the box office Robert Downey Jr has been in hot demand and with Sherlock Holmes closing in on $200 million domestic, Iron Man 2 in the can and another Sherlock Holmes adventure on the way it looks like he isn’t going to be cooling anytime soon.

Warner Bros is also the studio behind Holmes and it looks like the company wants to stay in the Downey Jr business, so I’d imagine they will want to accommodate the star at any cost. The real problem would likely be scheduling the film to suit the actor’s busy agenda. Downey had to drop out of Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens because of the above-mentioned Holmes sequel (to be replaced by Daniel Craig) – and he has further appearances as Tony Stark in future Marvel films, most notably in The Avengers.

I do feel though that he may want to try and stretch his acting muscles away from these special effects driven franchise films, and this might be the way to go. He was previously attached to Steven Spielberg’s Harvey remake, but dropped out due to the oft cited “creative differences.”  A Star is Born may also be the type of material that lands the comeback actor an Oscar win- something that I imagine wouldn’t be unwelcome!

More on Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in A Star Is Born when we get it.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. Hmmm. I wish the movie description was a little more specific. I'll have to do some research.

  2. My only objection with a remake of “A Star Is Born” is that we're looking at another attempt to remake a classic which doesn't need remaking, similar to the now-shelved effort to remake Harvey.

    Despite that objection (and at the risk of appearing to drift off into fangirl territory), I'm one of those people who'd gladly watch Robert Downey Jr. read the phone book out loud for a couple of hours, so maybe a remake of “A Star Is Born” with him in the lead might work. The big question would be what actress could hold her own as his co-star?

  3. please not Nick Casavuetes!!!

  4. please…”A star Is Born” is a great classic, but Kristofferson sounds like he has throat cancer! RDJr. would rock it!

  5. My question is, who keeps offering Beyonce acting roles. I mean seriously, it's becoming old hat that this woman grasp at anything to get her attention and for her to take yet another role, playing yet another singer implies to me that she doesn't cautiously know that people are sick of seeing her playing the same types of roles, even though her acting abilities are not good at all. C'mon now, she's played a singer in the Austin Powers movie, she's contributed songs to the Pink Panther, she's sang and co-starred in Dreamgirls as a 60's Diana Ross like singer, she played Blues singer Etta James in the film Cadillac Records…my God where does it end. Why won't she just go away, she said she would take a break for 6 months yet she's still out there.

  6. That's an inspired thought. This is sort of a out of left field sort of role that Downey should take. They could remake it but don't modernize it. Downey singing I'd like to see that or hear it he might even surprise us nicely at that too.

  7. @ Troy – I totally agree with you 100%. Beyonce Knowles is becoming as annoying as J-Lo with this all the attention on me attitude. I have seen her in a few movies and the girl can't act her way out of a paper bag. What a joke.

  8. @ troy & AnonymousGirl….

    I agree with both of you. Beyonce is no actress. Every time she speaks a line of dialogue in any movie she's in, it was all I could do not to keep from cringing or laughing out loud. She definitely can't act her way out of a paper bag, and she's not that good a singer, either, imo (she also played a singer in The Fighting Temptations, too).

    However… I'd love to hear RDJ sing on screen. That would be awesome…

  9. Yeah I'm not sure about RDJ in a movie with Beyonce? She's already a bad actress, putting her next to someone like RDJ would just showcase the fact that she doesn't know what the heck she's doing.

    Also you said that this movie may “stretch his acting muscles away from these special effects driven franchise films”, but RDJ won a Golden Globe for his role in Sherlock Holmes! But of course Avatar won Best Picture Drama and James Cameron won Best Director…. so maybe Golden Globes are a joke.

  10. Yeah I'm not sure about RDJ in a movie with Beyonce? She's already a bad actress, putting her next to someone like RDJ would just showcase the fact that she doesn't know what the heck she's doing.

    Also you said that this movie may “stretch his acting muscles away from these special effects driven franchise films”, but RDJ won a Golden Globe for his role in Sherlock Holmes! But of course Avatar won Best Picture Drama and James Cameron won Best Director…. so maybe Golden Globes are a joke.

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