Did Angelina Jolie And Lady Gaga Fight Over A Cleopatra Biopic?

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Side by side shots of Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga

By Andrew Shuster |

Side by side shots of Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga

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Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga never fought over the starring role in a Cleopatra biopic, but this time last year, a tabloid came up with that premise. Gossip Cop debunked the story when it first emerged. Time has proven it even more false.

On January 3, 2019, Gossip Cop busted OK! for falsely claiming Jolie and Gaga were battling for the lead role in a movie about the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The story was based in a degree of truth, as Jolie had been developing a Cleopatra movie for several years. The fiction came as soon as the magazine threw Gaga’s name into the mix.

An alleged insider told the outlet that following the success of A Star Is Born, Gaga was being offered a ton of film projects, but she wanted to star in Cleopatra “more than anything.” According to the supposed source, Jolie became furious after learning that the singer was trying to steal her role. “Both ladies are prepared to try to outdo each other by any means possible,” said the anonymous tipster.

Gossip Cop reached out to Gaga’s spokesperson when the tabloid’s article was first published. Despite what the unknown “source” claimed, the singer’s rep assured us she wasn’t circling a Cleopatra biopic. Instead, Gaga launched a Las Vegas residency, which runs through May 2020. As for her film career, it was announced in November that Gaga will be starring in a movie about the Gucci family dynasty, which will be directed by Ridley Scott. There’s not a single Hollywood trade that has attached the singer to any Cleopatra biopic.

It should be noted, there haven’t been any updates on the proposed Cleopatra movie for more than two years. Shortly after we debunked OK!’s article, Jolie signed on to star in the upcoming Marvel movie, Eternals. Although it’s possible the Cleopatra biopic will go into production at some point in the future, Gaga was never involved in any capacity, nor was she battling Jolie for the role.

Despite Gossip Cop setting the record straight back in January 2019, OK!’s sister outlet, Star, decided to get in on the action as well. In late January of last year, the magazine made up a story about Bradley Cooper co-starring in the Cleopatra movie alongside Gaga. The A Star Is Born co-stars weren’t reuniting for a project that’s basically nonexistent at this point in time. We look back at stories from a year ago to show how fictional tabloid reports don’t age well. This one involving a casting showdown between Jolie and Gaga is a perfect example.


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