Lady Gaga To Play Cilla Black In Dionne Warwick Biopic

But will she be as good as Sheridan Smith?

In news that has come as a 'Surprise, Surprise' to us all (sorry, we couldn't resist), Lady Gaga is set to play Cilla Black in film about Dionne Warwick's life.

The singer will take on the role of the late entertainer in the new biopic, entitled simply 'Dionne'.

<strong>Lady Gaga</strong>
Lady Gaga
Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx

Dionne Warwick herself announced news of the film and its casting at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, also revealing that former Destiny's Child singer LaToya Luckett will be playing her.

Olympia Dukakis will also be portraying the singer's mentor, Marlene Dietrich.

However, we doubt it will be a particularly complimentary portrayal of Cilla, as Dionne has frequently described her as her "musical nemesis".

Asked why she will be the villain of the piece at the festival, Dionne simply responded: "Because she stole my music!"

<strong>Cilla Black died last August</strong>
Cilla Black died last August
Carmen Valino/PA Wire

Dionne accused Cilla of even copying her vocal mannerisms when she released a cover of her song 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', which reached number one in the UK chart in 1964, claiming: "If I would have sneezed on my recording, Cilla would have sneezed on hers."

<strong>Dionne Warwick</strong>
Dionne Warwick
Venturelli via Getty Images

Sheridan Smith previously played 'Cilla' in an ITV drama about her early career in 2014, and her performance won widespread critical acclaim.

'Dionne' is set to go into production later this year.

Tap the picture below to launch the slideshow...

2008

Lady Gaga Style Evolution