Date: 12th October 2020
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are reuniting for another costume drama.
The duo will reteam for Cleopatra, a historical biopic in the works from Paramount Pictures.
Gadot is set to play the title role, while Jenkins will direct the movie from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures, after the studio reportedly won the project in an auction that also included entertainment entities like Warner Bros., Universal, Netflix and Apple.
Gadot will play Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt role made famous by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 classic.
"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" Gadot tweeted of the film.
This is a major casting coup for Gadot, who is peppering her career with a series of roles based on real life women who had a wondrous effect on the world - from Cleopatra to Gadot’s currently untitled Apple TV+ project about Hollywood glamour icon and World War II inventor, Hedy Lamarr.
Often romanticized by the legend of her seducing Caesar due to entering his chambers undetected by being rolled up in a rug - and thus dramatically unfurled in his presence - the image of Cleopatra as an irresistible manipulator of men is an image that has lingered for centuries, although it is likely as much based on Roman propaganda as actual historical record.
Source: Press Release