Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins to team up for 'Cleopatra' biopic

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins to team up for 'Cleopatra' biopic

"Your country steals Arab land & you're stealing their movie roles".

Some have criticised the casting of Gal Gadot in the role. "Can't be more grateful about this A team", Gadot wrote. "Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time", Gadot commented in regards to the upcoming project. In her social media post, she added, "We hope women and girls all around the world, who aspire to tell stories will never give up on their dreams and will make their voices heard, by and for other women".

The Wonder Woman actor will play Cleopatra in a new biographical drama directed by Patty and the script written by Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander).

According to Deadline, Wonder Woman duo Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are re-teaming for a big screen re-telling of Cleopatra.

"It's a shame you aren't advocating for African actresses who would better fit the part".

Cleopatra biographer Duane W. Roller wrote - a decade ago - at the Oxford University Press blog, that "it has been suggested - although generally not by credible scholarly sources - that Cleopatra was racially black African. This is a disgrace", another wrote.

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins to team up again for Cleopatra biopic 4

Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty, ruling Egypt from 51BC to 30BC. Tell me, how do you see yourself fit to play this role? However, some scholars and researchers believe she would have also had Persian and Syrian ancestry.

Other users pointed out that Gal is a box office draw and while some, including the writer, pointed out that Cleopatra was a Macedonian Greek.

Cleopatra is one of the most famous people in ancient history.

"She wasn't black, and Gal isn't white".

Screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis appeared to address the controversy by reminding the public that Cleopatra was ethnically Greek. At the very least, it's rather exciting to see such a big movie package come together with women directing, producing, and starring, even with studios find themselves in a precarious situation as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Wonder Woman 1984 is the highly anticipated sequel from Jenkins and Gadot, a follow-up to their hit 2017 debut about the Amazon princess set to be released on Christmas Day.

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