What is news however is whom director Clint Eastwood reportedly has in mind to take on the lead female role that has become available in the wake of Knowles’ departure.
Word is Eastwood is gunning for 2011 ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. Eastwood is reportedly a fan and has shown interest in the musician who he thinks would bring increased authenticity to the role, which was recently re-written by screenwriter Will Fetters.
Studio insiders reportedly told Variety that no female lead would be cast until a male lead has been cast. To date, studio execs and Eastwood have reportedly approached several high profile male stars, including Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and most recently Bradley Cooper.