David F. Wooley has been trying to sell Dionne Warwick’s story to the big screen for over 10 years. And, Danny Glover has signed up to help.
Here is the full tea via Variety
The cast for the movie also includes Lady Gaga–expanding on her acting career after TV’s “American Horror Story”–as late English singer Cilla Black. Warwick, who attended a press conference at the Carlton Hotel, described the character as “her nemesis.” “She stole my songs,” Warwick explained. “I was not a very camper about that.”
Danny Glover will portray Warwick’s father, Mansel Warwick. Olympia Dukakis will co-star as German songstress and actress Marlene Dietrich, who mentored Warwick. The film will span the early days of Warwick’s career from 1962 to 1968, as she belted out would-be classics like “Alfie” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”
Warwick, 75, said she was pleased that Luckett (an original member of Destiny’s Child) was channeling her on the big screen. “She just kind of morphed,” Warwick said of meeting the actress. “Vocally, she was right. Her look was completely right.”
Shooting is set to begin in October, with Mario Van Peebles in talks to direct. AMBI Pictures and David F. Wooley’s WW Film Company are financing the movie. Producers are Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Wooley and Jacker Binder.
Hopefully this sparks sales and helps Dionne’s $10 million debt.
UPDATE: Lady Gaga denies being attached to this film. Even though journalists were shown a promotional poster with Lady Gaga’s name on it at Warwick’s press conference in Cannes, Gaga’s rep isn’t having it. Read the update here.