Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie were allegedly competing for a coveted role as both wanted to play Cleopatra in a movie.
Daily Star claimed that Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga were at war over the role of Cleopatra. A reboot was allegedly on the cards, and both wanted to bag the title role.
Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra
According to the outlet, Sony had been in on-off talks with Angelina Jolie for months. They were considering the Oscar winner to play the role that Elizabeth Taylor once played.
However, Lady Gaga caught their attention following the massive success of her movie A Star is Born. Thus, Jolie got someone competing against her for the role.
“Cleopatra was known as the Queen of the Nile, and Elizabeth Taylor firmly established herself as Hollywood’s queen in the 1963 film version,” a senior production source at Sony said.
“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.”
Taylor’s version won four Academy Awards and sparked controversy over her on-set affair with co-star Richard Burton. They later married but divorced.
Angelina Jolie vs. Lady Gaga
When it comes to their achievements, Angelina Jolie has one Oscar and three Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has six Grammys, three BRIT Awards, and one Emmy.
However, between the two, Jolie is more popular in the movie industry. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga is more known in the music industry.
The Egyptian Queen was famous for her fashion sense and striking eye makeup. And both celebrities have a history of odd fashion.
Jolie used to wear a vial of blood from her second husband, Billy Bob Thornton. On the other hand, Lady Gaga surprised many when she wore a “raw meat” dress at MTV Video Awards.
Queen of the Nile characteristics
All the actresses who used to play as Cleopatra in the movies were white. However, in 2009, archeologists found remains of a woman believed to be Princess Arsinoe, Cleopatra’s sister, in Turkey.
Based on their studies, Princess Arsinoe and Cleopatra’s mom had an “African skeleton.” Thus, she could have been Black or at the very least brown skin.
Also, a coin found in 2007 that was dated back to 32 B.C. showed that Cleopatra had a “large nose, narrow lips, and a sharp chin.”
Due to these factors, many preferred Beyonce or Rihanna for the role.
“Neither Lady Gaga or Angelina should be Cleopatra. It should be Beyonce,” one wrote.
Neither Lady Gaga or Angelina should be Cleopatra. It should be Beyoncé. 🤷🏽♀️
— thee arcturian 🪐 (@CosmicJustice93) January 14, 2019
“I’m not sorry to tell y’all but @rihanna definitely has that role owned! Gaga and AJ shouldn’t even been in the running. Honestly if a black woman ain’t playing Cleopatra, then NOBODY should play the AFRICAN EGYPTIAN QUEEN CLEOPATRA! PERIOD!” another commented.
I'm not sorry to tell y'all but @rihanna definitely has that role owned! Gaga and AJ shouldn't even been in the running. Honestly if a black woman ain't playing Cleopatra, then NOBODY should play the AFRICAN EGYPTIAN QUEEN CLEOPATRA! PERIOD! pic.twitter.com/6z59o4EV9I
— Nick H-M (@MrNickMcgowan) January 14, 2019
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