“I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood,” the 31-year-old beauty said in a statement to E! News. “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”
With Knowles out of the picture, there’s an open slot to be filled — assuming director Eastwood decides to move forward with the project, anyway.
Which leads one to ask: Who should actually replace Knowles?
The film is the latest of several remakes of the classic Hollywood tearjerker about a rising performer whose career eclipses that of the self-destructive husband who discovered her. The lead role is a big, emotional showcase for a singer/actress — not to mention surefire awards bait. Judy Garland was nominated for an Oscar — and famously lost to Grace Kelly — for her performance in the 1954 version, while Barbara Streisand won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for co-composing the classic “Evergreen,” which she sang in the 1976 version.
Have a look at our top picks in the gallery, above, then cast your vote for the best replacement in the poll, below.
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