Paramount Motion Picture Group has certainly created a buzz around their first big project of the year by casting Gal Gadot for their upcoming movie on Cleopatra. The film also reunites Gadot with an old friend and female director, someone we’ve all loved and adored. Read on!
Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to now play Cleopatra
After taking home truckloads of love and appreciation for her role in Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot is going to back with a bang with another superwoman movie, Cleopatra! This will be directed by Patty Jenkins and has been scripted by Laeta Kalogridis. We’re totally rooting for this pack of strong women coming together to represent another strong female character!
Commenting on her excitement about playing Cleopatra, Gal Gadot said, “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!!”
More clarity on the movie’s timeline, release date, and shoot location is awaited.
Who is Gal Gadot representing in Cleopatra?
Cleopatra VII was a famous princess from the Nile who also served as the last ruling figure for the Ptolemaic dynasty. Her love tales with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have been widely discussed. Gal Gadot is going to play this historic role in the film.
This is not the first time Hollywood is making a movie on this legendary figure, they’ve done it before too. The 1963 rendition of her life, for instance, won four Oscars and has been etched in history as one of the most beautiful pieces of cinema. Gal Gadot, therefore, will have to work super hard and match the magic that Elizabeth Taylor bought to the screen with her acting in the 1963 edition.
Twitter reacts to the big news and it’s not as jolly as you’d think:
While nobody has questions about Gal Gadot’s incredible dedication to the craft, some netizens feel that this casting lacks representation since according to them Cleopatra is a woman of colour. But, there’s a catch!
“Historically, Cleopatra would’ve been black. I feel like if you have respect for this role you should step down” read one of the tweets. Twitter has broken into a debate around the origins of this character. While some are arguing that an actress of color playing the part would have done more justice to it, others are pointing towards Cleopatra’s Greek origins. Take a look at the ongoing fiasco here:
Time will tell how well the movie is going to be received by the audience, but for now, this power pack of women is soon going to start creating a magnificent portrayal of Cleopatra VII on screen.
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