UPDATE: It was initially reported Gaga would appear in the film
Lady Gaga won’t appear as Cilia Black in the Dionne Warwick biopic Dionne.
“Lady Gaga is not attached and will not appear in this project. Reports of Gaga starring in this project are false,” a representative for Lady Gaga told EW.
Earlier on Friday, Warwick herself announced Lady Gaga’s involvement in the film at a press conference during the Cannes Film Festival. According to The Guardian, the singer described Black as her “musical nemesis,” though she won’t be treated as the “villainess.” She explained, “She stole my music, and I was not a very happy camper about that. Over the years, we grew up and understood each other. It all got cleared away.”
When asked why Lady Gaga was selected to play Black, Warwick said, “Why not?” She added, “It was just an easy choice and she wanted to do it.”
Also announced were the castings of Danny Glover (Community) as Warwick’s father, Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) as Warwick’s mentor Marlene Dietrich, and original Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett as Warwick herself.
Based on Warwick’s 2010 autobiography, My Life, As I See It: An Autobiography, Dionne was written by Randall Jahnson with contributions from David Freeman Wooley, and will focus on the years between 1962 and ’68.
This post has been updated.