ANGELINA Jolie and Lady Gaga have gone to war over the plum role of Cleopatra.
The stars are in a battle to land one of the biggest title roles of all time in the mega-budget film reboot.
Oscar-winning Angelina, 43, has been in on-off talks for months with studio bosses at Sony over playing the Elizabeth Taylor part.
But fast-rising actress Lady Gaga, 32, is now also in the running following the massive box office success of A Star Is Born, her big screen debut as a leading lady.
She’s also being tipped as an Oscar contender next month.
A senior production source at Sony confirmed: “Cleopatra was known as the Queen of the Nile, and Elizabeth Taylor firmly established herself as Hollywood’s queen in the 1963 film version.
“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.”
The movie won four Academy Awards and sparked controversy over Taylor’s on-set affair with co-star Richard Burton.
They later wed and divorced twice.
It was billed at the time as an “epic historical drama” but Sony’s new Cleopatra is being touted by producers as a “dirty, bloody political thriller told from a feminist perspective”.
The source said it could be so close between Angelina, left, and Gaga that “both of them will have to audition – a pretty rare ask of an A-list star”.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Angelina: One Oscar, three Golden Globes.
Gaga: Six Grammys, three BRIT Awards, one Emmy.
Angelina: Divorcing third husband Brad Pitt. Six children, three adopted.
Gaga: Tying the knot with her fiancé, talent agent Christian Carino, this year.
Angelina: Wore a phial of blood from second husband Billy Bob Thornton.
Gaga: Wore a “raw meat” dress at MTV Video Awards.
Angelina: Born into a Hollywood family and became a pro actor aged 16.
Gaga: Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to a working class New York family. Began singing in bars.
Angelina: Girl, Interrupted (Oscar winner).
Gaga: A Star Is Born.