Are Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga battling for the lead role in the Cleopatra biopic? That’s the claim in one of this week’s tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we’ve learned the truth.
Jolie has been attached to star in a movie about the famous Egyptian queen for several years, but according to OK!, Gaga may swoop in and steal the role. An alleged insider tells the magazine, “Angie has wanted to work on the film for a very long time, but it looks like she’s going to have to go up against Lady Gaga for the lead.” The supposed source goes on to say that following the success of A Star Is Born, the singer is being offered tons of film projects, but she wants Cleopatra “more than anything.”
“Gaga feels like she’s at the perfect point in her career to tackle a role like this,” adds the questionable tipster, who goes on to say that the singer has a better chance than Jolie of nabbing the part, but the actress won’t back down without a fight. “Both ladies are prepared to try to outdo each other by any means possible,” adds the seemingly phony source.
The outlet’s story is based on claims from a so-called “industry insider,” but Gossip Cop reached out to Gaga’s spokesperson, who had no knowledge of the singer being in the running for the Cleopatra movie. It’s safe to say that Gaga’s own rep knows more about her career plans than a tabloid’s anonymous and untraceable “source.”
It’s also worth noting, Cleopatra has been in development for nearly a decade, and it’s unclear if filming will get underway anytime soon. Jolie has been trying to get the project off the ground for several years, but there have been many hiccups along the way. The last update on the Cleopatra movie came more than a year ago when screenwriter David Scarpa spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his take on the story. There hasn’t been any news about the project since.
Additionally, the Hollywood trade publications almost always break major casting news, but not a single industry outlet has reported that Gaga is circling the biopic. The singer is certainly a hot commodity in Hollywood following A Star Is Born, but there’s no indication she’s pursuing a full-time movie career. Last week, Gaga kicked off her Las Vegas residency, which runs through November. It’s hard to imagine the singer is actively campaigning for Cleopatra when her schedule is booked throughout 2019. Regardless, Gaga’s rep confirms the story is made-up.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.