Beyoncé Bows Out of Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Remake

Cory Lopez / October 10, 2012

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Beyoncé will not be Clint Eastwood’s star.

The singer has confirmed that she will no longer play the lead in the legendary director’s remake of the classic film A Star Is Born. “I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood,” Jay-Zs wife told E! News.

But Beyoncé — who was set to recreate the role most recently brought to life by Barbra Streisand — simply couldn’t squeeze in time for shooting the film, which tells the story of a promising young performer who falls for a fading rock star.

“For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life,” she said, “but it was just not possible.”

That doesn’t mean a Beyoncé-Eastwood collaboration is completely off the table though.

“Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together,” said Queen B.

The singer-actress’ decision to drop out leaves Eastwood sans leads — or a start date, for that matter — for his forthcoming flick. A Star Is Born has been searching for man to star opposite its leading lady — with Bradley Cooper, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and others floated as possibilities — but the role still stands empty. “We’ve talked to several people, and we probably won’t address that one till next year,” Eastwood told E! at the premiere of his latest film, Trouble With the Curve.

Though Beyoncé blames her chock-full calendar for leaving Eastwood’s project, their opposing political persuasions are hard to overlook. A big-time Barack Obama supporter, Beyoncé co-hosted an exclusive NYC fundraising event for the president with her husband Jay-Z last month.

But right-leaning Eastwood hit headlines in August for his now-infamous, off-the-cuff speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he argued with an empty chair that he pretended was the POTUS.

Weigh in: Could their political differences have led to this professional parting of ways?

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