Tom Cruise wanted for Clint Eastwood's A Star Is Born

Clint Eastwood's take on A Star Is Born may have had a female lead from the get-go in the form of Beyoncé Knowles, but it hasn't been so lucky locking in a lead actor.

Tom Cruise is the latest name to enter talks for the role, so perhaps the project's luck is about to change.

Cruise would play the washed-up musician who acts as a mentor/love interest to Knowles' rising star, whose career takes off while his further disintegrates.

If it sounds familiar, it might not just be because The Artist reworked a very similar formula: this version of A Star Is Born would actually be the third remake of the 1937 original.

Cruise has two major sci-fi projects on his plate at the moment - Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion , and Doug Liman's We Mortals Are - so will he be too busy for this one? For the chance to work with Eastwood, we're willing to bet Cruise would be happy to shuffle his diary around a bit.

If he were to sign on here, it would make for another interesting step in the rebirth of his own star. Since scoring his biggest ever box-office hit with Mission: Impossible 4 , Cruise has been steadily working on reinventing himself, particularly with polar opposite roles in One Shot and Rock Of Ages .

Oh, and it'll surprise absolutely no one to discover that there are plans to follow Ghost Protocol 's success with a fifth Mission: Impossible instalment .

Before Cruise came in for consideration, A-listers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale have flirted with the role. Until someone signs on, we won't have a clear picture on a release date.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.