Beyonce Drops Out of Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star Is Born’, Producers Consider Esperanza Spaulding

The Clint Eastwood-directed remake, “A Star is Born,” looks to be going through some difficult times in finding a stable cast. The leading male role is said to have been fitted with many actors like Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise. It was reported in mid-2011 that Beyoncé would play the leading female role, but filming was put on hold due to her pregnancy. Now, according to Variety, Bey is out, due to a packed schedule.

Jazz singer Esperanza Spaulding is now rumored to be being considered for the part. The usually low-key Grammy-winner made headlines in 2011 when she won Best New Artist, beating out Justin Beiber.

“A Star is Born” tells the story of a talented young singer who falls for a rock star who helps launch her career while his diminishes.

If production of the film ever begins, this rendition of “A Star is Born” will be the fourth version of the 1937 original film that starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Judy Garland and James Mason were the leads in the 1954 version, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson led the 1976 remake.