UPDATE with Lady Gaga reps saying she’s not involved: Legendary singer Dionne Warwick was in Cannes this morning to unveil a new biopic about her life. Dionne will star Grammy winner LeToya Luckett of Destiny’s Child fame as Warwick, Danny Glover as her father and Olympia Dukakis as Marlene Dietrich. Mario Van Peebles is in talks to direct with shooting to begin in October. There are also “a couple of surprises” in store among the cast.
Lady Gaga was also announced as part of the cast playing Cilla Black, who Warwick today called her “nemesis.” Gaga’s reps later refuted that she was involved. “Lady Gaga is not attached and will not appear in this project,” said her publicist 42West. “Reports of Gaga starring in this project are false.”
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures are fully financing and producing the picture which will focus on the period of 1962-1968.
Warwick is the second most charted female vocalist of all time with more 60 songs and selling over 100M records in her 57-year career. She is closely associated with Burt Bacharach who will feature in the film, although that casting has not been set.
Her fourth single, 1963’s “Anyone Who Had A Heart” was her first Top 10 hit and was followed by such classics as “Walk On By” and “Do You Know The Way To San José?” In the UK, she was covered by British singers including Black, who Warwick said today “stole my music.” Black’s version of “Anyone Who Had A Heart” went to No. 1 in Britain. Black, who died last year, was not aware of the project. The film will explain “what part she played in my career and why she became my nemesis,” Warwick said.
Warwick said she thought it was time for a biopic because, “This is my 57th year in this business, and I have been asked, ‘When are you gonna let us know about this? Tell us about that?’ So it’s finally at the point where instead of what you think you know about Dionne Warwick, now you will know.”
It’s based on her autobiography My Life As I See It. Dave Wooley co-wrote the book and penned the script with Randall Jahnson.
Producers are Iervolino, Bacardi, Wooley and Jack Binder. AMBI has international sales.
Luckett is repped by APA, Zero Gravity, and Stone Genow.