Now here's a casting combo we didn't see coming: Leonardo DiCaprio and Beyoncé may star in Clint Eastwood's remake of the oft-told showbiz tale 'A Star is Born.'
We don't know where to start with this one: DiCaprio in a musical? Eastwood directing a musical? The last time he had anything to do with singing and dancing, it was the '60s fiasco 'Paint Your Wagon' and also featured the decidedly non-musical Lee Marvin. (Here's a clip of Clint singing.)
We're just going to check out 'Inception' style totem to make sure we're not dreaming.
According to Deadline, it's all true, though: Eastwood's already working with DiCaprio in 'Hoover,' about FBI head honcho J. Edgar Hoover, which seems to be in more familiar territory for the man who brought us 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'Unforgiven.'
'A Star is Born' has been filmed many times, starting with a '30s version in which rising young actress Janet Gaynor marries fading movie legend Frederic March.
The '70s brought the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson as singer/songwriters instead of actors, and its Oscar-winning song 'Evergreen.'
The '50s version is usually regarded as the best, with Judy Garland as the ingenue and James Mason as has-been Norman Maine. Best moment: When he drunkenly crashes her Oscar acceptance speech. In this telling, Garland is an actress who also sings and Mason a dramatic actor. Perhaps that's the direction Eastwood will go, which would spare Leo having to sing.
Will Smith was long rumored to star in the latest remake, and so were Russell Crowe (who at least has a background in musical theater, Sean Penn, Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Combs, and 'Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
What do you think of this casting news?