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Tom Cruise To Join Beyonce In "A Star Is Born" Remake?

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by Sergio
March 11, 2012 12:37 PM
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According to media sources, Warner Bros and director Clint Eastwood are currently in talks with Tom Cruise to be the male lead with Beyonce for their planned  A Star is Born remake scheduled to start shooting soon.

The film, which will which be the fifth version of the film since the original What Price Hollywood? released in 1932, was originally scheduled to start shooting last month. However Beyonce's pregnancy and birth of her daughter has delayed the start of the project to sometime later this year.

Cruise was not however the orginal choice for role considering that both Leopardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were first approached,  but passed on the project

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28 Comments

  • Michelle | May 9, 2012 7:39 PMReply

    Beyonce is not gonna do a movie with a white man as her love interest. When she signed to do the movie, she probably thought the man would be black, thats why shes avoiding the movie.
    Why won't Eastwood just get another woman or find a black man for Bey?

  • Donella | March 14, 2012 5:21 PMReply

    I'd say the best Tom Cruise performance I've seen was Magnolia. He ran the full gamut of emotions. I'm not sure how Beyonce would hold up against this.

  • CareyCarey | March 12, 2012 1:06 PMReply

    UT OH! After reading all the comments, the following made the most sense (imo). Miles Maker said: "Is yet another remake of this really necessary? The Streisand/Kristofferson version was bad enough. This will probably be worse". And then BONDGIRL replied with "Seriously. I couldn't even finish the last one, and I'm a Streisand fan. Isn't the point of a remake to make something good, much better? What's next, a remake of Soul Plane?". Okay, now I'll say ME TOO! I mean, I'm also a Streisand fan (just watched her again 2 nights ago) but the point I want to stress is, Beyonce's acting skill's does not have to be, nor will they be the focus of this film. Heck, looking back, Whitney was no Viola Davis, nor a Meryl Streep. Yet the movie was a HUGE "success". I am suggesting that we should put this issue in the right context and not use this as a forum to blast on Mrs. Jay-Z. And, it goes without question that Clint Eastwood is a very capable and proven director. This project will be just fine.

  • Ash | March 12, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    Will this be the role that gets Beyonce the Oscar she keeps saying she wants? Only time will tell =D.

  • sandra | March 12, 2012 11:45 AMReply

    @ all - so true! And...If they don't want to invest in a speech therapist for Beyonce than they should at least invest in subtitles. Exhibit A -> Taken from the "Obsessed" trailer: "Yoo bra a gool tou yo hotay rum!" TRANSLATION: "You brought a girl to your hotel room!"

  • Ash | March 12, 2012 12:23 PM

    @ Sandra: You mean she sounds like James Carville? Haha, glad I didn't see that movie.

  • Sergio | March 12, 2012 12:06 PM

    Which reminds me that they actually had to dub her voice with two different actresses for Goldmember. I know because I have a actress friend in L.A. who auditioned for the voiceover job

  • Geneva Girl | March 12, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    I thought it was just me, but I can't stand the way she speaks. There is nothing wrong with a Southern accent, but the way she speaks sounds lazy and uneducated. She seems like a nice woman, but her speaking voice belies it. Since she's on maternity leave she has the time, and the means, to work with a dialect coach to sharpen up her speaking voice. And, as others below have said, some acting lessons surely wouldn't hurt.

  • LeonRaymond | March 12, 2012 1:39 AMReply

    @NADINE AND SANDRA

    Whew! you are perfect right on, you said it, THE CRAFT! she has money for access to acting classes to study her craft, I am sorry but she was horrible in Cadillac Records, not deepness, no sincerity, in her delivery of the lines, and please let us not forget she has been handed many big chances to shine, don't forget that horrible Austin Powers performance. Why does she not go to the pros and get some lessons. I tell you Clint is not one of those who will coddle her, when they knock on her trailer door to ask her, ARE YOU READY, THEY NEED YOU ON SET, he is not going to to give her 5 takes to warm up and then another5 more to get in the zone of her character, maybe if it was DAVID FINCHER, she would 19 takes cause he about the technical and the absolute perfect take, but even he does not coddle, he wants you to dive into character as witnessed by THE GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO! I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt cause deep down I am not a fan of her at all so I hope she can change my mind and channel the greats and deliver a brilliant performance!!!

  • LeonRaymond | March 11, 2012 11:02 PMReply

    @SANDRA, I agree with you, here is the problem, for this type of film you do need a first class actress, Clint is notorious for 1 take and lets move on Beyonce needs about 8, she should take serious acting lessons -go hard cause she will be embarrassed by her A-list actor in this project. She had more than a jumble of opportunities to do justice or kill it in Cadillac records and she blew it, I didn't buy it, the other actors were pitch perfect, she is being asked to help carry this film no matter who they co star her with. She can not come to the table, not yet. She needs to do at least 6 films with very small parts with the Angela's and Viola's and others of that caliber to learn her craft. and yes she needs to do Broadway for 1 year. I am not saying she can't do it but her skill set needs to be honed. And at the same time all this going on Vocal coach , vocal vocal coach to get rid of that lazy Texas twang meets Ghetto dialect she has. She can do it but it takes hard work. J-Lo never took it seriously and now she can not rise to the next level and acts with that one note monotone.!!!

  • sandra | March 11, 2012 10:34 PMReply

    Enough with all of this hand-holding! Since Beyonce and her people think she's a real actress send her to the stage. Put her in a dramatic scene with a James Earl Jones/Viola Davis/Eamon Walker type actor...make her show a RANGE of emotions and give her a long monologue (no singing!) that should set her straight and end this madness! I'm in the twilight zone.

  • Jai | March 11, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    YAWN lol

  • Miles Ellison | March 11, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    Is yet another remake of this really necessary? The Streisand/Kristofferson version was bad enough. This will probably be worse.

  • Ash | March 12, 2012 12:16 PM

    @ Bondgirl: AHAHAHHAhahaaahhaah

  • BONDGIRL | March 11, 2012 6:59 PM

    Seriously. I couldn't even finish the last one, and I'm a Streisand fan. Isn't the point of a remake to make something good, much better? What's next, a remake of Soul Plane?

  • biwtican | March 11, 2012 4:44 PMReply

    wouldn't it be better with a black couple? that would be progress.

  • Cherish | March 11, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    I like Tom Cruise. First he's doing that ROCK STAR movie, or ROCK GOD. Now this. But Beyonce? Ugh. She can sing, but I hate her speaking voice. She has that lisp, twang (texas twang?) ugh whatever it is, sucks.

  • Cherish | March 12, 2012 10:41 AM

    @JMAC - I love his MI movies too, but he can be serious actor when he wants to. I'm hoping this role will be like a JERRY MAGUIRE role, which could be fun. @NADINE - oh god, you hit the nail. Etta was disrespected. didn't like her in CADDILAC RECORDS. I stop watching it when Beyonce comes into the pic, which thankfully is the last half of the film. Her people should be giving her voice lessons or something.

  • Nadine | March 11, 2012 11:31 PM

    "AAAAAA... LASSSSS"... pretty much says it all. It's actually disrespectful and I understood why Etta James lost her mind. "AAAA-T..... LAAAAA-ST", dammit. It was so horrible... SHE is so horrible and this is not about her natural discourse. She is choosing to not put in the work that actors in training go through, more offensive given her "access", in studying the tongue of a multitude of nations as well as the CRAFT. She's not even trying to master the "tongue" here. Beyonce came from privilege... something more vile is going on with her yet somehow she is entitled to these roles.

  • JMAC | March 11, 2012 7:07 PM

    True she does have that ghetto Southern twang she doesn't know how to get rid of it. Every time those L'Oreal commercials come on I feel like she's gonna crawl out the tv and kick my ass if I don't buy any. Tom Cruise should stop straying outside of MI type films. Rock of Ages looks absolutely horrible.

  • Helluva | March 11, 2012 2:47 PMReply

    Be's not the problem; Clint Eastwood is. Like most great Hollywood filmmakers, he had a solid 10+ year run that's been over for some time. No way in hell should he be directing a musical (his first?) at his age (no disrespect) or diminished skill level, imo. How come Hype Williams and Little X never fully made the transition to features???

    I can't imagine how this'll be good.

  • paul | March 11, 2012 2:10 PMReply

    the problem is that no one knows Patina Miller and truth be told Beyonce does an amazing job in musicals remember her in Cadillac records and Dream girls. Cnt wait for this

  • Helluva | March 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    @Nadine...never did I mention that Be was a "bonafide" actress, but she does have more screen credits than either me or you (I imagine). But that's besides the point. I will say respectfully that you may be giving Hollyweird too much credit. The American film industry has always cast "stars" to helm their films, especially for black female leading roles. That's just the game. I'm fine with her level of skill on-screen; she has a likeability about her, and I haven't personally seen her tackle a role that's exceedingly beyond her range. She plays singers in damn near every film. Now, maybe her voice or her overexposure bothers you, and I can understand that. However, as CareyCarey mentioned above, Whitney Houston was no great thespian herself. Nor was Diana Ross beyond "Lady Sings The Blues," so...I don't know. To each his reach I suppose...

  • Nadine | March 11, 2012 11:19 PM

    @Helluva - To be real, her diction is lazy... you can tell that she is not trying which pisses me off. She "sings" her words, because apparently that is the difference between talking in real life and acting... offensive. Acting can come naturally to some, but others have to work at it. Beyonce has to work and even THEN, she is not honoring the emotional depth or exposure required to pull of complex interpretation of text... I have yet to see her do it and don't forsee her doing anytime soon. SHE DOESN'T HAVE "IT"/// no where near... My thing is Hollywood seems to be selling HOLLYWOOD out. Casting pop stars in AFI Top 10 remakes? Really? Look if you think Beyonce is a bona fide actress, then I mean ... we're done. There would be no way for me to convince you otherwise; there is nothing I could say...

  • Helluva | March 11, 2012 2:51 PM

    @Nadine...by the mid-50's, EVERYBODY knew who Judy Garland was actually. Beyonce would be fine for this (her acting skills notwithstanding) were her director and co-star properly vetted and chosen.

  • Nadine | March 11, 2012 2:21 PM

    No one knew who Whitney Houston or Judy Garland were either. When will the laziness in casting stop. Beyonce's skills as an actress are limited (at best); she is a singer. That should be offensive to real dramatists.

  • Nadine | March 11, 2012 1:43 PMReply

    Please...no more Beyonce. Please... her acting is just offensive. How about Patina Miller somebody else... please...

  • Duncan Manutz | March 11, 2012 5:38 PM

    AMEN !!!

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