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Posted at 8:50 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Beyonce to star in 'A Star is Born,' directed by Clint Eastwood

By Jen Chaney

Beyonce: Baby, she's a "Star." (AP)

Deadline is reporting some surprising casting news that just might trump the Anne Hathaway/Catwoman headlines.

Beyonce has been cast in a remake of "A Star is Born," to be directed by Clint Eastwood.

This marks the biggest starring role to date for the former member of Destiny's Child, who has either been part of an ensemble or turned in supporting performances in previous films like "Dreamgirls," "Cadillac Records" and "Obsessed." In this film, she would definitely be the above-the-marquee name in an extraordinarily juicy role.

"A Star is Born" -- the story of a talented, ambitious starlet whose career transforms thanks to the alcoholic, aging actor who falls in love with her -- debuted in 1937 with Janet Gaynor in the lead role, was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and then remade again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand.

Can Beyonce meet or raise the acting bar set by her predecessors? Is Eastwood a good choice for this project? And who should play the male lead? (Nikki Finke already has thrown out P. Diddy, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Hamm as potential options.)

Weigh in by posting a comment.

Source: Deadline

By Jen Chaney  | January 20, 2011; 8:50 PM ET
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Comments

I am looking foward to seeing "A Star is Born" with Beyonce. If this movie is directed by Clint Eastwood with beautiful Beyonce than it will be a blockbuster. Please no P. Diddy.

Posted by: Sophie88 | January 20, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I am looking foward to seeing "A Star is Born" with Beyonce. If this movie is directed by Clint Eastwood with beautiful Beyonce than it will be a blockbuster. Please no P. Diddy.

Posted by: Sophie88 | January 20, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I can't blame the news writer too much for saying, "'A Star is Born' ... debuted in 1937". A lot of the news coverage is making this mistake. The 1937 version was preceded by a 1932, called "What Price Hollywood?" Even when there was a lawsuit to establish whether the copyright status of the 1954 version reflected onto the 1937, the 1932 version didn't figure into the decision. Read more: http://chart.copyrightdata.com/c10E.html#s085

Posted by: washpostdh | January 20, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Do. Not. Want.

Posted by: mrsdorkusmaximus | January 21, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

OMG...she can not act. Would someone please tell her to drop the role.

Posted by: 1LUVNDC | January 21, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Note to the producers: generally speaking, when planning to make a total bomb as a tax write-off, it's a bad idea to have your plan be quite so obvious.

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | January 21, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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