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Beyoncé jumps ship from A Star is Born

AFP   October 13, 2012
First Published: 16:25 IST(13/10/2012) | Last Updated: 18:15 IST(13/10/2012)

Clint Eastwood is still directing the remake of A Star is Born, the Hollywood classic from 1937, but he is once again faced with an empty chair.

Beyoncé was slated for the project for the past three years, but she ended up calling it quits. Her schedule just tightened up with her involvement in Single Ladies, according to Variety.

The Warner Bros production is struggling to move forward in spite of Eastwood's star power. The director is now looking to fill the void left by Beyoncé with jazz singer and musician Esperanza Spalding, who won the 2011 Grammy Award for best new artist.

The male lead is also a big question mark, with Russell Crowe, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper failing to commit after flirting with the project.

The new remake of the A Star is Born will revolve around a fallen rock star and an aspiring singer. Its main source of inspiration will be the 1976 film with Barbra Streisand, rather than the earlier versions with Janet Gaynor (1937) and Judy Garland (1954), which were set in the movie industry.

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