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Beyonce is an ardent Obama supporter, helping to raise millions for the president's reelection campaign, while Eastwood recently made headlines for his controversial empty chair speech at the Republican National Convention. But before you go jumping to conclusions about the two stars' political allegiances contributing to the failed film collaboration, both parties have released statements on the matter.
"I was looking forward to the production of 'A Star Is Born' and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood," Bey tells E! News. "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."
"We've talked to several people, and we probably won't address that one till next year," Eastwood said of restarting the casting process. "Early next year."
Bey would have had some big shoes to fill in the role of Esther, an aspiring Hollywood actress whose career gets a boost from an aging male movie star. The original 1937 version of the film starred Janet Gaynor, the 1954 remake featured Judy Garland as the leading lady, and the 1976 rock musical version turned the aspiring actress into a wannabe singer, played by Barbra Streisand.