Beyoncé released a statement on Tuesday explaining that she dropped out of the project due to her busy schedule. “I was looking forward to the production of ‘A Star Is Born’ and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood,” she told E! News. “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”
Beyoncé was first attached to the part in January 2011, but production was eventually pushed back when she got pregnant later that year. While she won’t be in the movie, she has been keeping busy. She recently appeared on stage alongside her hubby Jay-Z when he closed out his shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and she’s rumored to be working on new tunes.
Variety first reported the movie news, with sources saying that with Beyoncé out, Grammy-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding is now being considered for the role. Spaulding made headlines in 2011 when she took home the award for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, beating out Justin Bieber.
However, no decision for that role will be made until a male lead has signed on. Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Hamm have all been rumored to join the film at any point during its development.
The film follows the love story of a talented young woman who falls for a falling star. There have already been three other versions of the movie, including the 1937 original film with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, a 1954 version with Judy Garland and James Mason and a 1976 remake with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.