Remember that new version of “A Star is Born” that Clint Eastwood has supposedly been trying to make for the last few years? First it was postponed due to star Beyonce’s pregnancy, then they were having trouble casting a male lead, then Clint was busy with other things… The last we heard was Eastwood’s remark to ComingSoon during the “Trouble with the Curve” press junket that it was “six months away.”
Well, that will give them time to double down on casting–not only do they still need a male star, but now Variety brings word that Beyonce has left the project.
The movie has been made three times–in the first two versions (1937, with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March and 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason), it focused on a male movie star who finds a young woman entering the business, falls in love with her, then descends into alcoholism as her career rises and his fades. The most recent version in 1976 put the story in the music business; the Eastwood version was rumored to be set there as well.
There’s no official list of possibilities for Beyonce’s role, but one name that’s been mentioned is Esperanza Spaulding, who can certainly sing. Casting the male role is still supposedly the priority; Tom Cruise was the original choice, and Bradley Cooper was another name that’s come up.