Beyonce Knowles Exits A STAR IS BORN Remake; Clint Eastwood Now Eyeing Esperanza Spalding for Lead

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Director Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born has hit yet another snag.  Production was initially pushed back when star Beyonce Knowles became pregnant, and then Eastwood was having trouble casting his male lead.  The director approached a number of top shelf talent including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper, but failed to land a commitment.  Now Eastwood has lost his female lead, as Knowles has dropped out of the project altogether due to scheduling issues.

Hit the jump for more details including who Eastwood is eyeing for Knowles’ replacement.

esperanza-spalding-a-star-is-bornFor those unfamiliar with A Star Is Born, the story concerns a movie star whose career is on the decline.  He helps a young showgirl ascend to stardom but tensions grow between them as her star rises while he descends further into obscurity.  The 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason picked up six Oscar nominations.

Variety reports that Knowles was forced to exit the role given her packed schedule.  Without a firm start date for A Star Is Born, it was getting too difficult for her to schedule other projects/ventures.  Eastwood is now apparently interested in Grammy-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding to take over the role, though no discussions or offers will be made until the director nails down his male lead.

Bale and DiCaprio already passed on the part, and when he was recently approached about the subject Bradley Cooper shrugged the idea off noting “there are like three versions already.”  It’ll be interesting to see who Eastwood finally does nab for the part, assuming the project indeed moves forward.  Screenwriter Will Fetters recently revealed to us that his script for the remake was heavily inspired by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, so Eastwood presumably has an interesting take on his hands.

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  • Ass

    Thank you for clarifying that it is Beyonce “Knowles.” I always get her confused with the other Beyonce.

    • Amber

      Ha ha ha! Right!

    • TorontoDiva

      LOL

  • Corther

    I love Beyonce, but she is not a great actress. I am not surprised all those male leads declined.

  • Drew

    Right, Beyonce was having scheduling conflicts. It has nothing to do with the fact that Eastwood mocked her “god” Obama. Lets get it right, she worships the ground Obama walks on pretty much and not how long after Eastwood makes his speech at the RNC she all of a sudden has to drop out for scheduling reasons. B.S. here. I’m calling it. She should just at the least have the guys to come out and tell the truth. She’s as weak as all those other celebrities out there who care too much about being hip, accepted and liked.

    • Goop

      Her “god”? Wow. I’m, no fan of Beyonce, but that is some pretty strange language you used there. I mean, she’s voting for Obama, sure, but what has she done to warrant such an aggressive reaction from you.

      • Drew

        Wrong. If she’s not talking about herself she’s talking about Obama. She worships the ground he walks on. You’re just a fool for not seeing that.

      • Goop

        I guess I just don’t follow her as closely as you do, Drew. Good on you, buddy. I still don’t think it warrants all this “god” and “worship” talk from you.

    • Brian

      Drew I was thinking that you could audition for the new Shrek movie, but then I remembered it is about an ogre not a TROLL. And who could blame anyone for not wanting to work with Eastwood now, anyone that would support Romney has to have a few screws loose to begin with.

  • Drew

    Right, Beyonce was having scheduling conflicts. It has nothing to do with the fact that Eastwood mocked her “god” Obama. Lets get it right, she worships the ground Obama walks on pretty much and not how long after Eastwood makes his speech at the RNC she all of a sudden has to drop out for scheduling reasons. B.S. here. I’m calling it. She should just at the least have the guys to come out and tell the truth. She’s as weak as all those other celebrities out there who care too much about being hip, accepted and liked.

  • Colin Biggs

    I was hoping Cooper would play the Cobain part. He fit better than Bale, DiCaprio, etc.

  • ScaredForMovies

    Everyone knows that Beyonce only dropped out to make Beyonce The Movie. Starring, directed, written, and produced by Beyonce. I’m sure her huge ego has nothing to do with it.

    • Jose

      oh yea, cuz im sure you know Beyonce personally. do us all a favor and go swim in a pool of thumb tacks. troll.

      • ScaredForMovies

        If you don’t think Beyonce has a huge ego you’re blind. I don’t have to know her personally. Beyonce the movie is happening. If that doesn’t speak of her ego I don’t know what does. Awww. Did I hurt your feelings by talking about you’re beloved Beyonce. I don’t question her musical talent but I’ll troll her acting ability all day.

      • Strong Enough

        just shut the fuck up.

      • ScaredForMovies

        Uh-oh. Another Beyonce defender. And this one’s a grump. I’ve seen some of your other comments around here and you seem like a rube. Are you “strong enough” to make me shut up? I’ll say what I want when I want. Do something about it.

  • Artwell

    Why is Eastwood insisting on casting a black woman in the lead? He should just drop this altogether and make the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian instead. It’s gone from Ridley Scott being involved to the Coen Brothers to Spielberg and David Fincher but Eastwood expressed interest in it at some point as well.

    It is an absolutely fantastic and harrowing novel and would make a great film as well but would need to be at east 3 hours long to give the story justice.

  • Artwell

    least^

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  • Amber

    I have to say that Spalding seems a better choice given the plot and I’m not overly impressed with Beyonce’s acting. It might be like Dream Girls Redux (a totally over rated flick in my opinion). I wouldn’t be surprised if their politics had something to do with her backing out, but who knows.

  • Spoogebob Monkeypoo

    For his next trick, Eastwood will direct an empty set.

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  • Johnny Chang

    Thats one way to look at it, but I’m sure she has other reasons. Like, I don’t know, her completely packed international tour? Her upcoming album success! (Sarcasm intended.) Seriously…

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