The upcoming Cleopatra biopic has been a movie with many changes during its pre-production. Originally, Angeline Jolie was set t produce, direct, and star in a film about the historical figure before ‘Monster’ director Patty Jenkins became attached to this rendition. Jenkins departed shortly after casting ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot as Cleopatra with Kari Skogland now taking over the director’s chair.
Gadot’s casting has been met with some ire considering Cleopatra’s role in ancient Egypt’s politics, though she herself was not Egyptian. Despite this, the ‘Justice League’ star stated how she is looking forward to being a part of the project.
“I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story,” Gadot said in an interview with InStyle. “We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today. I’ve watched all the Cleopatra movies throughout history, but I feel like we’re telling the story the world needs to hear now.”
Digital Spy notes that she had previously defended her casting as Cleopatra.
“First of all if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian,” Gadot noted. “We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.”
“I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honour this amazing historic icon that I admire so much. But anybody can make this movie, and anybody can go ahead and do it. I’m very passionate that I’m going to do my own too,” she continued.
Gadot also took time to mention a third Wonder Woman film saying to InStyle, “We’re developing the script right now. We’ll probably start in a year and a half or so.”
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