Beyonce to Star in Clint Eastwood Directed Remake
Beyonce has been given what she calls "the biggest opportunity of my life"--the lead role in Clint Eastwood's remake of "A Star is Born."
The classic film has been remade several times, including a 1937 starring Janet Gaynor, a 1954 version starring Judy Garland and a 1976 version starring Barbara Streisand. Beyonce has stated that she feels lucky to have landed the iconic role previously played by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.
This production will be the fourth remake of the movie. The film tells the story about rising singer and actress Esther Blodgett. Beyonce remembers watching the previous versions with her mother as a young girl:
It's when I became a fan of Barbra Streisand's. And I then saw Judy Garland's version of 'A Star Is Born' and I realized every 20 to 30 years a new star is born and a new talent represents that generation and era -- so I didn't think that I would ever get the opportunity to be the star.
The film will begin shooting at the end of this year. It's also been rumored that Leonardo DiCaprio will also star in the production.
Beyonce has won 16 Grammy's and has topped Forbes magazine's lists of the most powerful and influential celebrities. She's also one of the world's top grossing musicians. Beyonce has experience acting, including her praised role in "Dreamgirls," but she said meeting Eastwood made her nervous:
met with Clint and I was so nervous and I know that it is the biggest opportunity of my life. I will work as hard as I can. Because I can’t wait. And I am so happy that he trusts me and I am in good hands and I am so fortunate.
Beyonce is currently managing her music career that she has taken over from her father and long-time manager Matthew Knowles. She notes that it has been "difficult balancing the business and the creativity."