This weekend Angelina Jolie will turn into the female version of Jason Bourne for her new film Salt. The movie that was originally a vehicle for Tom Cruise is a far cry from the Oscar winning actress’s next project. Jolie is set to star in the latest biopic centering on the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. News first broke regarding her involvement with the project in early June and while out promoting Salt, she’s adding more fuel to the fire.
Jolie recently spoke about the new Cleopatra and stated that this film will be a lot different than the portrayals we’ve seen in the past.
“We are trying to uncover the truth about her as a leader and not just a sex symbol which she really wasn’t – she didn’t have many lovers, maybe only two, and they’re men she had children with.”
She also said that the amount of research she’s put in has revealed a lot more about the queen as a parent, not a seductress.
“She was misunderstood and her life story was written wrongly. I always thought her life was very glamorous. Then I read her story and found a different side to her – that she was a mother, leader and an intellect who spoke five languages! Her upbringing also reflected her relationship with Rome – all that is much more interesting than what she was summed up to be.”
It looks like she’s trying to bring the stronger side of Cleopatra to the forefront. Perhaps make her more of a maternal figure?
What do you think of Jolie as Cleopatra?