Don’t get your panties in a bunch, she hasn’t been caught creepin’ on Hov this time. Bey is just being considered as the lead for an updated version of A Star Is Born and Russell Crowe is the likely candidate to play opposite her. Deets on the flippyside!
With a new remake of “A Star Is Born” gaining momentum at Warner Bros., the studio could be closing in on, well, a star.
Russell Crowe has emerged as the front-runner to take the lead male role of an aging, alcoholic musician who mentors/is schooled by — and then finds romance with — a younger female star. While it’s not believed there is a formal offer yet, the studio is very high on the 45-year-old actor, who in turn is said to be keen to take the role.
The female part would likely be played by Beyonce, who has long been associated with the role and has recently elevated her interest in it.
The three previous iterations of “A Star Is Born” have alternated between settings in the film and the music worlds. The most recent one, the 1976 version from Warner Bros. that starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson as doomed pair Esther Hoffman and John Norman Howard, was set in the music world.
Nick Cassavetes has recently entered talks to direct the reboot of the drama, which has spent years in development with various writers (including “Ali’s” Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson) taking a crack at it, before getting a new boost with a draft from young screenwriter Will Fetters. Jon Peters, Basel Iwanyk and Billy Gerber are producing. Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. had been some of the names said to be considered by the studio before Crowe emerged as the front-runner.
If it comes off, a Crowe-Beyonce pairing would serve as one of the most prominent onscreen interracial romances since 1992’s “The Bodyguard,” which teamed Kevin Costner with the female singing sensation of the day, Whitney Houston.
Bey Bey would love this part — she idolizes Barbra Streisand. And the swirling shouldn’t bother Illuminati Hov, after all he’s got a best white mate (Chris Martin from Coldplay)!