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Clint Eastwood Wants Leonardo DiCaprio To Star Opposite Beyonce In 'A Star Is Born'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 27, 2011 8:54 AM
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With Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Hamm, Russell Crowe, Rihanna and Alicia Keys having been linked at various points over the years, we had our doubts about the pairing of director Clint Eastwood and Beyonce to Warner Bros. long gestating remake of "A Star Is Born" holding. But not only does it appear to still be moving, a leading man is being eyed.

Deadline reports that Eastwood is talking about the movie with his "J. Edgar" star Leonardo DiCaprio. It doesn't seem to be much more beyond the two of them discussing it right now. Anyway, the familiar story about a wide-eyed girl dreaming of stardom who finds a helping hand from a washed out, alcoholic older leading man was first made as a drama by William Wellman in 1937, but truly became legendary when it became a musical in 1954 starring Judy Garland and directed by George Cukor. In 1976, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson tried to repeat that success but were met with dismal results. The updated version will take place in the music world with a young singer falling for an older rock star. Leo and Beyonce are separated by about seven years so we suppose that could work.

Last we heard, "A Star Is Born" was gearing up to shoot this fall, but DiCaprio will likely be busy with Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" down in Australia, not to mention his likely turn in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," and Eastwood needs to sleep at some point (and also do the press run for "J. Edgar" coming out this awards season), so we'd guess the shoot has been pushed to late 2011 or early 2012.

It would be an interesting move for DiCaprio and certainly a nice gear change for the actor who seems to be ready to shake up his onscreen image a bit. We're not sure Eastwood is exactly the best fit for this material or his workmanlike, crank-em-out approach, but maybe he too is ready to stretch out and do something a little off the beaten path. More to come, but if DiCaprio passes, there will be no shortage of leading men wanting to come aboard.

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7 Comments

  • ojie king | August 24, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    i think leo is okay but isnt Beyonce too big for him? I was thinking more along the lines of Will Smith, i think he would be perfect or Denzel. Beyonce needs a man in all senses that has loads of carriage, not saying leo doesnt but not very sure.

  • Jules19 | July 2, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    No,no,no,no,no .... This would ruin the film! You need someone older, broken down and heroic like Crowe or maybe Gerard Butler at least he can sing. Please Mr Eastwood, don't go with who your comfortable with and have worked with before ... Take a leap of faith and try someone who can really act the part. I know Oscar watches everything you do, however, give him a reason to invite you back again!

  • Mr. Arkadin | June 27, 2011 11:04 AMReply

    yeah, how about Clint taking a long long swim in the sea...

  • carrie | June 27, 2011 10:50 AMReply

    here is a movie that i'm sure not to see :even with Dicaprio and Eastwood

  • cocks for lunch | June 27, 2011 10:22 AMReply

    how about this just doesn't happen?

  • J | June 27, 2011 10:08 AMReply

    Not enough of an age difference and can DiCaprio sing? Hugh Jackman seems like the perfect choice.

  • shark | June 27, 2011 9:04 AMReply

    eh, the age difference isn't enough. I say Billy Bob Thornton and Beyonce, that would work.

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