October 10th, 2012
11:04 AM ET
For those who were amped to see Beyonce tackle the lead in a remake of "A Star is Born," unfortunately it looks like that role has fallen through.
Trade publication Variety cites sources who say that Beyonce's schedule is already hectic, and the lack of a definitive start date is taking a toll on her ability to coordinate other projects.
The "Star is Born" remake was first announced in January 2011, with Beyonce signing on for the role of the young starlet, as previously portrayed by Barbra Streisand.
Clint Eastwood is serving as director, and screenwriter Will Fetters ("The Lucky One") has been charged with the remake's script. But the lead male role, that of an aging actor, has yet to be filled.
Production was initially stalled because of Beyonce's pregnancy, and Variety reports that Eastwood took advantage of the break to work on September's "Trouble with the Curve."
Now that Eastwood's missing both a female and a male lead, the latter role looks to be the higher priority. Variety notes that Eastwood has his eye on Grammy winning musician Esperanza Spalding, but an offer won't go out to any new actresses until the male lead is a done deal.
Director Eastwood is said to have chatted up a number of actors for that part, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper, with Cooper rumored to be the stronger possibility.
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