I actually thought this project was dead. Our last update on it was 3 years ago, when it was announced that Beyoncé had dropped out of Clint Eastwood’s “A Star Is Born” remake, citing a jam-packed schedule; and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding was said to be Eastwood’s next choice for the role. Although it was never reported officially that Spalding was ever cast.
Warner Bros. had no comment, with the project, at the time, still searching for its male lead, in what had been a casting carousel that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and, most recently, Bradley Cooper, who was eventually offered the role by Eastwood, although, at the time, there was no deal in place, as Cooper’s scheduled was already quite full. It’s nice to be in demand…
Skip ahead to today to news (courtesy of Deadline) that Cooper is still very much interested in the film, and he actually wants to not only star in it, but also direct. Apparently Eastwood has moved on.
Assuming Cooper and the WB work out a deal for him to direct and star, the actor wants Beyoncé back to star alongside him in the remake. She hasn’t said yes yet, so some other actress just might be cast instead, if Queen B. isn’t interested. Word at the time of her exiting the project 3 years ago was that she had a jam-packed schedule. Maybe it’s not-so jam-packed now.
Worth noting is that production was initially pushed back, when she was first attached, due to her pregnancy.
This will be the 3rd remake of the 1937 film produced by David O. Selznick and directed by William A. Wellman, which starred Janet Gaynor as an aspiring Hollywood actress, and Fredric March as an aging movie star who helps launch her career. “A Star Is Born” has already been remade twice, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.