Eastwood is now considering jazz star Esperanza Spalding as a replacement

Beyonce is no longer attached to Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born.

The classic movie musical follows a rising star who falls in love with an ageing rocker, only to watch her career take off as his goes into decline. Beyonce was set to star in a new version directed by Eastwood, taking on a role previously played by Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Janet Traymor.

According to Variety, the singer pulled out because of scheduling difficulties and the lack of a confirmed start date. The remake has been in development for several years, with shooting first delayed by Beyonce’s pregnancy, and now by Eastwood’s other film commitments.

Eastwood is said to be eyeing jazz star Esperanza Spalding as a replacement, but wants to secure a male lead before approaching female stars. Last month (September 2012), Bradley Cooper denied being cast in the remake, while Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Will Smith have also been linked to the project.

Eastwood’s remake has a script by Will Fetters, whose previous screenwriting credits include Remember Me and The Lucky One. Back in March (2012), Fetters revealed that he based the ageing rocker character on the late Kurt Cobain.

He explained: “I approached A Star is Born [imagining] if Kurt Cobain never got to go unplugged and survived and it’s 20 years later and it’s now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That’d be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?”