Despite a longstanding attachment to a project that would give her fresh talking points to share with Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé has pulled out of Clint Eastwood's A Start Is Born. Did she see Trouble with the Curve? According to Variety, the Queen's busy schedule, which currently includes recording a new album, directing a documentary and being mom to Blue Ivy, was ultimately too packed to find room for filming. No word on whether or not Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention, and increasingly curmudgeonly public persona had anything to do with Bey's decision.
Eastwood's long-gestating remake of the movie musical, whose last iteration starred none other than Babs, has already experienced production delays, with Warner Bros. still in search for a male lead. Rumor has it the Oscar-winning director has approached the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper for the role, with Beyonce's departure making room for the studio to pursue Esperanza Spalding in her place. Who? And with that, Lea Michele has been overlooked once again.