Thursday 29 September 2016

Lady Gaga brushing up on Liverpool accent - she's set to play Cilla Black in Dionne Warwick biopic

Published 13/05/2016 | 12:48

Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

If you were asked to compile a list of actresses/singers who could play the role of Liverpudlian legend Cilla Black, US star Lady Gaga would probably not be first choice.

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However, it seems she's set to do just that.

Dionne Warwick (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Dionne Warwick (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The Guardian reports that Gaga will play Cilla in an upcoming Dionne Warwick biopic, based on her 2010 autobiography My Life, As I See It: An Autobiography.

Gaga has just bagged a Golden Globe for her performance in hit FX series American Horror Story: Hotel and she certainly has the pipes to tackle anything from Cilla's considerable catalogue.

Speaking at a press conference for the film in Cannes, Warwick said Gaga was "just an easy choice".

The film, titled Dionne, will focus on her early years in the business and will also star Danny Glover as Warwick's father, Olympia Dukakis as Merlene Dietrick and Letoya Luckett, an original member of Destiny's Child who will play Warwick herself.

Actress Letoya Luckett attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)
Actress Letoya Luckett attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

In the early 60s, Dionne saw Black as a rival, particularly as she had a hit with a song originally written for Warwick - Anyone Who Had a Heart in 1964.

“She stole my music, and I was not a very happy camper about that,” Warwick told a Cannes press conference.

“Over the years, we grew up and understood each other. It all got cleared away.”

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