Even as the male lead of Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born remake has become a revolving door of high-profile celebs, female lead Beyoncé Knowles has remained steadfast in her commitment to the role. In fact, Knowles’ involvement predates director Clint Eastwood‘s. Eastwood didn’t board until early 2011, by which point the pop star had been attached for at least a year.

Apparently, however, even she’s grown tired of waiting for it to get off the ground. Knowles has just left the long-gestating musical, leaving it with no stars and no start date. Read on after the jump.

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Beyonce‘s been attached to the remake of A Star is Born since even before Clint Eastwood signed on to direct in January 2011, but in that time the male lead’s been a revolving door of A-list talent. Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, and Tom Cruise have all been rumored or attached at various points, and now joining that club is Bradley Cooper.

It doesn’t sound like actual negotiations have begun at this point, but Cooper is said to be weighing an actual offer. Cooper’s worked with some interesting directors over the past couple of years, including David O. Russell, Derek Cianfrance, and Susanne Bier, and an Eastwood movie could be a nice feather in his cap. Plus, it’ll give him a chance to stretch — don’t you want to see Cooper doing his best Kurt Cobain? [THR]

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A Star is Born is a story that has been told multiple times, in different eras, with the story changing a bit each time to reflect the time in which it was made.

Now a new version is in development with Clint Eastwood set to direct, and Beyonce meant to play the up and coming singer who is groomed for stardom by an older musician on the downside of his career. Tom Cruise has been reported as being the top choice to play the male lead, but we don’t know whether that will happen.

What we do know now makes part of the film sound rather interesting, however. This current version is being written to factor in the great state of flux in which the music industry has been mired for the last decade. And the older male character is inspired by one of the major musical figures of the ’90s: Kurt Cobain. Read More »

Tom Cruise‘s career is on a real upswing, especially when compared to his mid-aughts status in the wake of Scientology videos and Oprah couch-jumping. The last Cruise star vehicle, Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, was a big hit, and Fox seems pleased with his musical turn in Rock of Ages. He’s lined up for two sci-fi films, Oblivion at Universal and All You Need is Kill at Warner Bros, and the thriller One Shot is in the can and will be released just under a year from now.

And now WB is taking a cue from Fox, and is evidently pursuing Cruise to play the male lead in Clint Eastwood‘s new version of A Star is Born. Read More »

Briefly: Last night was MTV’s Video Music Awards, and with the exception of the trailer premiere for The Hunger Games, it sounds like it was a broadcast dominated by proof of Beyoncé‘s pregnancy more than anything else. Big deal right? It might actually be for Clint Eastwood, who has been planning to shoot a new version of A Star is Born with the singer starring in the central role of a young woman who dreams of stardom and finds it through the aid of a washed-up older leading man.

But now that she’s pregnant, the shoot for A Star is Born might have to push well beyond the planned February 2012 start. Along with that push comes the news that Leonardo DiCaprio, once tipped as a possible choice to play the lead, has passed on the role. (He’s too young, anyway, especially paired against Beyoncé.) Christian Bale has been called a possible choice, but with the schedule for the film changing, anything might happen. And will Eastwood make another movie first? He’s certainly capable of turning out a stopgap film before doing this remake. [Deadline]

Very rarely do fans get a glimpse into the decision making process of major stars. All we know is that the biggest actors in Hollywood can often seemingly do whatever they want, so people like Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise get their pick of the best scripts out there. It seems like Christian Bale could be joining that elite list.

The recent Oscar-winner (something none of those other men can claim) slips seamlessly between smaller characters pieces, like The Machinist, and massive blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. According to Variety, Bale has a pretty impressive list of projects he can choose from after he hangs up Batman’s cowl. Think of the info that follows as a glimpse at Bale’s own personal desk. Will he choose A Star is Born directed by Clint Eastwood, Gold directed by Michael Mann, Oldboy directed by Spike Lee, Out of the Furnace directed by Scott Cooper or, as previously reported, Noah directed by Darren Aronofsky?

After the jump, we break down the latest on each of these projects and figure out where Bale would best fit in. Read More »

Clint Eastwood cast Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he’s been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it’s being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years — Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet’s (Knowles) career.

DiCaprio isn’t the first actor I would’ve thought of for the part, but I’m all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, but how often have we seen him do gloomy and brooding while surrounded by singing and dancing?

Eastwood’s A Star is Born is scheduled for a 2012 release. DiCaprio and Eastwood’s next collaboration, J. Edgar, will open later this year. [Deadline]

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Well, it’s not Paint Your Wagon 2, but I guess this is as good a way to get another major filmmaker to do a musical as any. A new version of A Star Is Born is a film that has been lurking at the edges of possibility for a couple years. Now Clint Eastwood has agreed to produce and direct it, with Beyoncé starring. Read More »

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