If you want one of the busiest, most talented women in the entertainment industry attached to your film, you had better have your production schedule set and a male lead to star beside her. Warner Bros. is having a hell of a time with their remake of the 1954 film A Star Is Born. However, that film didn’t have much trouble signing on Judy Garland, James Mayson and Jack Carson to co-star.
According to Variety, R&B and Pop singer Beyonce Knowles, whose name was attached for the female lead, will no longer star in the film because, “her schedule was already packed and that without a start date the scheduling became too complicated.” Beyonce’s interest and focus now lies in several future projects as she moves this flick “in a box to the left.” But can you blame her?
The film’s production schedule was pushed back due to Beyonce’s pregnancy and Eastwood filming Trouble with the Curve. Not to mention, Warner Bros. got ahead of themselves and never locked in a male lead. Back in March of this year, it was announced that Tom Cruise would star opposite Beyonce, but that fell through. And several months ago, Bradley Cooper was attached to play our fading rock star, but he never signed a contract. He’s currently filming The Hangover Part III and is set to shoot the follow-up to David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.
Warner Bros. and Eastwood revisited the drawing board and have decided to cast their male lead first. Cooper is not out of the running, but several actors are – Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale, Eminem, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio — as they’ve all been approached and decided to turn down the opportunity.
Warner Bros. won’t comment on Beyonce’s departure, but we do know that Eastwood has his eye on one possible female to lead the film, and she goes by the name of Esperanza Spalding. No, she’s not a household name in Hollywood, but this talented jazz artist and bass violinist made her mark in the music industry when she beat out Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + The Machine, and Mumford and Sons for 2011′s Best New Artist Award at the Grammy’s.
Hopefully, Warner Bros. and Eastwood can figure something out. If not this is one remake we may not get to see, but at this point that may be good thing.