Gal Gadot is set to portray another strong heroine on-screen after confirming she’ll be playing Cleopatra in an upcoming blockbuster.
Cleopatra will reunite Gal, 35, with Patty Jenkins who directed her in the Wonder Woman franchise, which is currently the highest-grossing live action film ever directed by a woman.
Announcing the news, Gal tweeted on Sunday: ‘I love embarking on new journeys,I love the excitement of new projects, the thrill of bringing new stories to life.Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time.
‘Can’t be more grateful about this A team!!’
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Cleopatra remake will see Patty at the helm and will be based on a script penned by Laeta Kalogridis under Paramount Pictures.
Elizabeth Taylor famously played the Egyptian ruler in the 1963 classic, which won four Oscars. Despite its box office and critical claim, Cleopatra almost bankrupted 20th Century Fox as it was so expensive to produce.
Back then, it had an estimated budget of $350 million (£268 million) which these days is often given to superhero blockbuster movies.
Reacting to Gal’s casting, one fan tweeted: ‘Gal Gadot as Cleopatra, why yes I agree.’
Another chimed in: ‘Well looks like I’ll be cosplaying cleopatra WOW! This is going to be epic Gal as a badass Egyptian queen! Omg.’
‘A story about a strong woman, portrayed by a strong woman and direct by a strong woman. I can’t wait to see this movie!!!’ one enthused.
Sharing a similar sentiment another agreed: ‘This is SO exciting!!! Cannot wait to watch this A team make magic again!’
‘Oh Sweet Lord!! You are PERFECT for that Role. I always Love Cleopatra’s story. Now fingers crossed the Writers and directors dont mess it up. Congrats I’ll be keeping and eye out for this one,’ another said.
However others pointed out Cleopatra’s Greek ancestry and felt the role should have been given to an actress with darker skin.
One critic explained: ‘This is a mess for so many reasons but for everyone who does a quick google search to find cleopatra’s ancestry, it’s actually more inconclusive than you may think, so it’s pretty fair that one of the most famous african figures in history might as well be played by an african.’
‘Sorry, but this is cultural appropriation. Cleopatra should be portrayed by a Macedonian Greek actress. I didn’t make the rules,’ one said.
One added: ‘It’s the year of our lord 2020 and it is STILL the belief of Hollywood that Cleopatra should only be played by a White Woman.’
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