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Beyonce Pulls Out of ‘A Star is Born’

By Wilson Morales on May 3rd 2010 2:22PM

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In recent days, while promoting his latest film, ‘Robin Hood,’ Academy Award winner Russell Crowe mentioned that one of his projects, a remake of ‘A Star is Born,’ is being shelved because Grammy winner and actress Beyonce is dropping out of the film.

“I think [Beyonce] pulled out. But I’m still chatting about it,” the blockbuster actor revealed. “It’s one of those movies that has been made a lot, but I think it’s still quite a big focus. You can see that in terms of the popularity of things like American Idol.”

While the Australia native is still interested in the project, it wouldn’t be the first time this remake has gone through casting changes. Over the years that the project has been in development hell with several producers and actors attached at one point or another, including a Will Smith/Jennifer Lopez pairing.

The story about a an famed aging, alcoholic musician who mentors/is schooled by and then finds romance with a younger female star was first done in 1937 with Janer Gaynor and Fredric March. Judy Garland and James Mason starred in the 1954 remake, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson were in the 1976 version.