Beyoncé is backing out of Clint Eastwood’s long-awaited Warner Brothers remake of A Star Is Born reportedly due to scheduling conflicts.
The long-awaited musical had already been delayed due to the pop star’s pregnancy last year and was also stalled due to a prolonged search for a suitable male lead.
According to Variety, “Warner Bros. had no comment, but sources said her schedule was already packed and that without a set start date the scheduling became too complicated for the singer.”
Political observers and conspiracy theorists may see a link between avid Obama supporter Beyoncé’s sudden exit from the project and director Eastwood’s infamous anti-Obama “empty chair” stunt at the Republican National Convention. But Eastwood has a history or working with actors who don’t share his political values. He has directed Hollywood progressives like Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio, and even steered Sean Penn to an Academy Award for his role in Mystic River.
This film would be the fourth big screen interpretation of a rising starlet paired alongside a fading star on the decline. Following the first version in 1937, Judy Garland made a career comeback in the lead back in 1954 and Barbara Streisand scored one of her biggest hits with her 1976 remake.
The new version was reportedly going to hew closer to the Streisand edition and the screenwriter apparently drew inspiration from the tragic life and times of Kurt Cobain.
A replacement for Beyoncé has yet to be announced.