Beyoncé Knowles will not appear in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming remake of the Oscar-winning musical A Star Is Born, it was confirmed today.
“For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible.” Knowles told E! news in a statement.
Although she said she would still like to act for Clint Eastwood at some point, stating: “Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”
Eastwood’s A Star Is Born is a 21st-century remake of the 1976 rock musical that starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Streisand, which tells the story of a young singer falling in love with an established rock star whose career is fading fast.
The 1976 film won five Golden Globes and garnered an Oscar for Barbara Streisand for her song Evergreen.
A Star is Born was also filmed as a drama on two occasions: first in 1937, starring Janet Gaynor; and again in 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason in the lead roles.
Beyoncé‘s exit leaves Eastwood’s film without a confirmed male or female lead, though Variety reports that Eastwood has expressed interest in having jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding take the former Destiny’s Child singer’s place.
Knowles was last seen on the big screen in 2009, when she played one of the lead roles in Steve Shill’s drama Obsessed.