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To The Left, To The Left: Beyonce Exits Clint Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 9, 2012 9:46 PM
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Well, it's back to the starting blocks—again—for Warner Bros. forever developing "A Star Is Born" as Beyonce has left the building.

It was back at the beginning of 2011 that the remake got new life at the studio when Clint Eastwood and Beyonce boarded as director and star, but things quickly stalled out. A number of prospective male leads were rumored/wanted including Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and most recently Bradley Cooper. Production also hit a roadblock when Beyonce was pregnant with Blue Ivy, and Eastwood went off to shoot "Trouble With The Curve."

So where does the project stand now? Well, WB is now going to be looking to lock down a male lead first, though Eastwood has already expressed interest in casting jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding in the role vacated by Beyonce. Meanwhile, Cooper is potentially still in the mix, and Johnny Depp has apparently been approached, but no formal offers have been made. Essentially, it's all back to square one.

So, now the ball is in your court: who would you cast in the story a wide-eyed girl, dreaming of stardom who finds a helping hand from a washed out, alcoholic older leading man? Let us know below. [Variety]

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  • DK | October 10, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    Beyonce' is just like everybody else: she doesn't want to be associated with Clint Eastwood, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or any other crazy Republican!

  • Aza | October 10, 2012 9:16 AMReply

    this project is now over.

  • Mark | October 10, 2012 8:16 AMReply

    Clint needs to stop making junk and get another western on the go.

  • ben | October 10, 2012 5:11 AMReply

    I hope Johnny Depp get the part .

  • samir | October 10, 2012 4:03 AMReply

    Okay crazy theory time: Beyonce exited from the film because either she or her husband Jay-Z, who is a very vocal Obama supporter and on friendly terms with the president, did not think it would look good or would simply be awkward to work with Clint Eastwood after his stunt at the Republican Convention.

  • shackett | October 10, 2012 4:25 AM

    Except for Sean Penn ,Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

  • caro | October 10, 2012 4:23 AM

    Eastwood always was a Republican supporter and he never hid it/ he was able to work several Liberal Hollywood actors (Dicaprio,Damon,...)

  • Jen | October 10, 2012 1:50 AMReply

    Um, beyonce is NOT a good actress sorry to say. So idk what the "omg did you hear this breaking news" mentality is for. But then again if Mr. Eastwood thought he could remedy that by initially casting her then its a shame he won't get to try.

  • ap | October 9, 2012 11:06 PMReply

    I thought the title was funny...
    Good one

  • David | October 9, 2012 10:43 PMReply

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Condola Rashaad (after Stick Fly, she's primed to be a star).

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