Tom Cruise is the latest in a long list of names to be associated with a starring role opposite Beyoncé Knowles in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born. If the Mission: Impossible star decides to take the role it could mean yet another delay for the film, which has been in development for several years.
A Star Is Born was last delayed due to Beyoncé’s pregnancy, but she is now ready to start shooting this coming June; however, Cruise has a packed schedule. He’s currently filming director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, and then he’s set to segue into All You Need Is Kill (We Are Mortals) for Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, so an early summer shoot is unlikely (Mission: Impossible 5 is also in the pipeline). There is a possibility that A Star Is Born could be pushed back further to accommodate Cruise’s newfound heat. Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol has banked over $208 million domestically and it’s moving towards $700 million worldwide, making it Cruise’s biggest global hit to date.
A Star Is Born is another remake of the tale which follows the romance between two performers, one whose career is on the ascent (Beyoncé), while the others star is fading. Over the last few years, a multitude of names have been attached to the lead male role, with Will Smith, Christian Bale, Eminem, Russell Crowe and Robert Downey Jr. all having been mentioned.
Cruise’s addition to the cast of A Star is Born is pure speculation at this point, as schedules, salaries and contracts all need to be figured out. But if he does take the part, it could nab him that elusive Oscar.
Cruise well next be seen in the musical Rock of Ages, where he gets to flex his vocal cords as rocker Stacee Jaxx.