Clint Eastwood’s remake of “A Star Is Born” is facing a major obstacle, having lost its female star, singer Beyonce, who was to reprise the role last played by Barbra Streisand in 1976.Variety confirms the news.
“Warner Bros. had no comment, but sources said her schedule was already packed and that without a set start date the scheduling became too complicated for the singer,” the movie-oriented publication says.
It’s not uncommon for stars to back out of a project after initially saying yes but what’s bad news for Eastwood is that he’s yet to find a male star for the project.
So far, various names have been thrown in the mix, including that of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.
Many of them refused to commit because of issues with their schedule, which is also the reason Beyonce dropped out.
“Studio insiders said that with Knowles now off the project, there has been interest, at least from Eastwood's end, in jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding. Sources emphasized, though, that until the male lead is locked, no discussions or offers will be out to the female lead,” Variety notes.