Beyonce Backs Out of Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star is Born’

Beyonce says scheduling conflicts will prevent her from appearing in the Clint Eastwood remake

Beyonce Knowles will not be putting her own Sasha Fierce-like spin on "A Star is Born," the singer told TheWrap Wednesday.

Getty ImagesThe oft-remade story was to be given a fresh sprucing up courtesy of director Clint Eastwood with Knowles taking over the showy role of a star on the rise that has been previously played by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. However, in a statement, Knowles blamed a jam-packed calendar for forcing her to abandon the project.

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"I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood," Knowles said in a statement to TheWrap. "For months, we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully, in the future, we will get a chance to work together."

Without Knowles, the project may languish in development hell. Eastwood and Warner Bros. had been approaching a laundry list of big-time actors including Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio to play the male lead, an equally weighty role involving a former star on a long, alcohol-fueled career slide. But it was Knowles who was going to give the film the extra sparkle.

Knowles has been actively campaigning for President Barack Obama's re-election (Eastwood is on the other side of the race, as TV viewers will no doubt remember from the RNC "chair speech") and recording a new album. She last appeared on screen in the 2009 psychological thriller "Obsessed" and will provide voice-work on the upcoming animated film "Epic."