I’ll Cleo-splat-yer! GAGA & JOLIE TALE OF SCRAP FOR THE TAPE LIZ ROLE AS CLEOPA­TRA

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By MIKE PARKER in L.A. sun­[email protected]­lystar.co.uk

AN­GELINA Jolie and Lady Gaga have gone to war over the plum role of Cleopa­tra.

The stars are in a bat­tle to land one of the big­gest ti­tle roles of all time in the mega-bud­get film re­boot.

Os­car-win­ning An­gelina, 43, has been in on-off talks for months with studio bosses at Sony over play­ing the El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor part (inset).

But fast-ris­ing ac­tress Lady Gaga, 32, is now also in the run­ning fol­low­ing the mas­sive box of­fice suc­cess of A Star Is Born, her big screen de­but as a lead­ing lady.

She’s also be­ing tipped as an Os­car con­tender next month.

A se­nior pro­duc­tion source at Sony con­firmed: “Cleopa­tra was known as the Queen of the Nile, and El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor firmly es­tab­lished her­self as Hol­ly­wood’s queen in the 1963 film ver­sion. “There’s ev­ery rea­son to think that who­ever gets to play her this time round is go­ing to en­joy an equally lofty perch in the mo­tion pic­ture in­dus­try.”

The movie won four Acad­emy Awards and sparked con­tro­versy over Tay­lor’s on-set af­fair with co-star Richard Burton. They later wed and di­vorced twice.

It was billed at the time as an “epic his­tor­i­cal drama” but Sony’s new Cleopa­tra is be­ing touted by pro­duc­ers as a “dirty, bloody po­lit­i­cal thriller told from a fem­i­nist per­spec­tive”.

The source said it could be so close be­tween An­gelina, left, and Gaga that “both of them will have to au­di­tion – a pretty rare ask of an A-list star”. An­gelina: One Os­car, three Golden Globes.

Gaga: Six Gram­mys, three BRIT Awards, one Emmy.

An­gelina: Di­vorc­ing third hus­band Brad Pitt. Six chil­dren, three adopted. Gaga: Ty­ing the knot with her fi­ancé, ta­lent agent Chris­tian Carino, this year.

An­gelina: Wore a phial of blood from sec­ond hus­band Billy Bob Thorn­ton.

Gaga: Wore a “raw meat” dress at MTV Video Awards.

An­gelina: Born into a Hol­ly­wood fam­ily and be­came a pro ac­tor aged 16. Gaga: Born Ste­fani Joanne An­gelina Ger­man­otta to a work­ing class New York fam­ily. Be­gan singing in bars.

An­gelina: Girl, In­ter­rupted (Os­car win­ner).

Gaga: A Star Is Born.

An­gelina: £125.3mil­lion. Gaga: £215.3mil­lion.

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