About That Cleopatra Rumor With Lady Gaga And Angelina Jolie Floating Around

Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga as cleopatra?

Earlier this month, the rumor mill was going gaga over a story about Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga. At the time, we learned the two actresses were supposedly competing for a role in an upcoming remake of Cleopatra, the epic 1963 movies that starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Two a-listers who are often in the news competing for a big remake. OK that's a really juicy rumor. But about that rumor...

OK! Magazine was the first to report about a potential Cleopatra remake being in the works. This isn't the first time we had ever heard of the possibility of Cleopatra being remade; however, it did also include the rumor that both A Star Is Born's Lady Gaga and Maleficent 2's Angelina Jolie would be competing for the role.

In the days since, other outlets have picked up the story, which used anonymous quotes that mentioned Angeline Jolie has wanted to work on the project for a long time, but that now Lady Gaga's star power is at an all-time high and the two may have to compete for the role.

A Sony executive also allegedly told the Daily Star that the project is moving forward and that the role will considerably amp up the star power of the person who eventually lands the role.

There's at least some grain of truth to the reports. Over a year ago, Blade Runner 2049 and Dune director Denis Villeneuve was being eyed to take over the project. If that happens, it would be after Dune, which is currently filling out its cast.

Previously, it was also widely known that Angelina Jolie was eyed for the project when it was first in development, although since it never came to fruition the Tomb Raider actress obviously never joined.

Angelina Jolie has recently put most of her focus on directing projects. Back in 2014, she said she had never "been comfortable" in front of the camera and would be focusing more on projects where she could be behind the camera. She took some projects like By the Sea (which she also directed) and Kung Fu Panda 3 after, and in 2017 she ultimately decided to focus on acting again.

Since then, she has signed on for Maleficent 2 and another Disney project in The One and Only Ivan, where she will voice an elephant named Stella.

With the move back into acting, a big role like Cleopatra might fit.

Having said this, Lady Gaga's acting profile has been raised considerably with A Star Is Born, for which she has earned a slew of awards nods and even won a Critics' Choice Award this weekend.

So far, the rumors seem to be relegated to just a few outlets, but if they do ever come to fruition, we'll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, let's just see if Lady Gaga can rack up any more awards wins for A Star is Born.

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