Stiller says Gaga is not in Zoolander 2
Lady Gaga’s involvement in the proposed Zoolander sequel is not quite a done deal. In fact, Ben Stiller claims there is no truth in the story at all. Excited rumours started by OK magazine had suggested that Gaga had been offered £3 million to appear in the sequel to the fashion-industry spoof.
"Zoolander Lady Gaga story is not true," Stiller tweeted, before resorting to some heavy sarcasm. "Weird that OK magazine would print something untrue. Weird to read a made up story on the internet."
The film is very much a going concern though, with a script from Stiller and Justin Theroux, and co-star Owen Wilson on board. "I don't want to give away too much, but it's basically Derek and Hansel 10 years later," Stiller said. "Though the last movie ended on a happy note, a lot of things have happened in the meantime. Their lives have changed and they're not really relevant anymore. It's a new world for them."
The absence of Gaga is not quite compensated for by the involvement of one of Stiller’s comedy pals. "Will Ferrell is written into the script and he's expressed interest in doing it. I think Mugatu is an integral part of the Zoolander story, so yes, he features in a big way."
So far, so underwhelming. The pin-sharp satirical barbs of the 2001 original find be a little less scathing a decade on, especially as Sacha Baron-Cohen’s Bruno has covered similar ground. Perhaps if they up the offer to £5 million, Lady Gaga might consider a cameo.