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“In addition to acting and directing, Clint Eastwood is quite an avid music lover. He’s composed the score to a number of his films and was even awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music. As such, it came as no surprise when it was announced that Eastwood was planning a remake of A Star Is Born with Beyonce Knowles set to star as a burgeoning young artist. Production was pushed back due to the star’s pregnancy, but now that Blue Ivy is alive and well, Eastwood is working on casting his male lead.
Our correspondent Sheila Roberts got to speak with A Star Is Born screenwriter Will Fettersduring a roundtable interview at the press day for the romantic drama The Lucky One, and the scribe took some time to talk about his approach to the remake—including a heavy inspiration fromNirvana frontman Kurt Cobain—and the casting of the male lead. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
For those unfamiliar with the story, A Star Is Born concerns an aging alcoholic star with a career on the decline who helps a young talent rise to stardom. Romantic entanglements and tensions arise due to the close quarters and fading starpower of the elder artist.Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, andChristian Bale were all considered to star opposite Beyonce, but deals with the actors never materialized. Last we heard, Warner Bros. was courting Tom Cruise to take the male lead, but formal discussions have yet to begin.
When asked about the status of the project, Fetters said Eastwood is still on the hunt for his male star…..”