As we reported earlier this month, Angelina Jolie was rumored to be in talks to star as Cleopatra in a big screen biopic based upon the Egyptian queen’s life. And today, the story went from being a rumor about talks to confirmation that Jolie will indeed play Cleopatra.
According to Showbiz Spy, Jolie is set to play Cleopatra (a role famously taken by Elizabeth Taylor in 1963), in a Scott Rudin production that “will focus less on Cleopatra’s seductive powers in the bedroom and more on her shrewd appetite for business and politics.”
As per our previous article on the film, the director of the upcoming Cleopatra biopic is up in the air, as David Fincher in currently in the running, James Cameron wants to direct a 3D, PG-13 version of the film, based on Stacy Schiff’s bestselling book Cleopatra: A Life, and Paul Greengrass was set to direct before jumping on the film Memphis.
Honestly, a 3D, James Cameron-ized version of Cleopatra seems a little extreme—although Fincher is growing increasingly tied to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, so who knows who will helm this thing? Moreover, Jolie’s costar who will play Marc Antony to her Cleopatra is also unknown—although I’m willing to wear a toga, casting agents. Just saying (they wore togas, right?)
What do you think of Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra?