Beyoncé has confirmed that she will no longer appear in Clint Eastwood's upcoming remake of "A Star Is Born," which leaves the door wide open for a few new potentials. Who would play the part well?
The 1976 version of the film stars a young Barbara Streisand in the role of Esther Hoffman, a rising singer who falls in love with rock star John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson), who aids her on the road to stardom as his own career ails. Although B has been attached to the project since January 2011, the 31-year-old issued a statement this week explaining that conflicting schedules have finally prompted her to pull out of the role. Early whispers name Esperanza Spalding — who defeated Justin Bieber and Drake for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2010 — as a possible replacement, but there are a few other well-suited women.
The "American Idol" star has proven both her acting and musical chops over the years, appearing in the musical "Dreamgirls" alongside B in 2006, landing a major role in "Sex and the City 2" as Sarah Jessica Parker's assistant and even being tapped to tribute Whitney Houston at this year's Grammy Awards. Oh, and she also sang for President Obama at his recent fundraiser.
Clearly it takes a strong combination of acting and singing to be a star in the hit series "Glee," but an obsession with Streisand, the film's original leading lady, doesn't hurt either. Michele has been open about her respect for Streisand, admitting that she would love to star in a remake of the actress' first film "Funny Girl." Last year, Streisand responded to one of Michele's tweets, leading the Glee star to declare it "the best day ever." What could make her happier?
Besides making a name for herself with roles on hit shows like "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" plus an appearance in "The Muppets," Quincy Jones' daughter is also blessed with the gift of singing. Though most of her gigs don't find her belting out tunes, Jones has showed off her vocal skills, singing the original song "You Don't Know (Nat's Song)" for the 2010 film "Monogamy" which she appeared in.
Would Beyonce ever consider her little sister Solange to replace her in the upcoming Clint Eastwood production? Although Solange hasn't locked down major acting roles like her big sis, her musical talent and natural charisma give her an edge in the competition. Her recent video "Losing You" is a perfect example of Solange's appeal, showing off her quirky and relatable side that girls seem to instantly connect with.
Which singer and actress do you think would be the best fit for Clint Eastwood's remake of "A Star Is Born"?