Touted as Beyonce‘s biggest movie role since Dreamgirls, Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star Is Born’ has been anticipated in earnest by both the music and film industries. However, according to new reports, the remake of the 1976 classic has been dealt a devastating blow — Beyonce has departed the project.
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Variety report that the superstar songstress, who enjoyed Platinum success with last year’s ‘4’, was excited about ‘Born’ and taking on the role made famous by Barbara Streisand in the original. Yet, without a definitive shooting schedule and with her own calendar said to be jam-packed, the 31 year old had no choice but to drop out of the production.
The singer’s departure is sure to disappoint the movie’s producers who pushed back initial development due to her pregnancy last year. Though unconfirmed, reports suggest there is now strong interest in signing up Jazz star Esperanza Spaulding to replace Beyonce. However, until a male lead is locked-in (Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Tom Cruise have all been approached), no decisions will be made on the lead female.
Any one who’s seen Beyonce’s turn as Etta James in 2008’s ‘Cadillac Records’ will know how seasoned an actress she’s becoming. Hence, it’s somewhat unfortunate that she won’t be able to show what she’s working with on this particular project.
However, ‘jam-packed schedule’ sounds like music to our ears and hopefully means there’ll literally be new Beyonce “music to our ears” in the not too distant future.
We’ve heard A LOT of exciting behind the scenes chatter about King B’s next move. However – in only dabbling in the business of facts (and knowing how plans change) – we’ll leave it to the singer herself to divulge what she’s got coming up. We can say that her ever-loyal BeyHive will not be disappointed.