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<b>‘A Star Is Born’ with Esperanza Spalding? </b>

Could Berklee alum Esperanza Spalding be replacing Beyonce Knowles in Clint Eastwood's remake of a "A Star Is Born"? Indeed, she could be, according to Variety, which reports that Beyonce has dropped out of the project. Apparently the singer's schedule is filling up fast and the movie, which still lacks a male lead, doesn't have a start date yet. Jay-Z's wife was set to play the part Barbra Streisand had in the 1976 film about a promising young performer who falls in love with a fading star (played by Kris Kristofferson in the earlier version.) Variety says Eastwood is interested in Spalding, but nothing will be official until the male lead is cast. In 2011, the bassist/singer won the Grammy for best new artist, becoming the first jazz artist to win the award.