Gal Gadot defended her decision to take on the role of Cleopatra in the upcoming biographical drama following "whitewashing" criticism.
According to Variety, Paramount Pictures won the rights to the film beating Netflix, Apple, Universal and Warner Brothers.
As you might have heard I teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera. pic.twitter.com/k5eyTIfzjB— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 12, 2020
In an interview with BBC Arabic, Gal responded to the criticism, saying: "First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra."
She continued, "To me, as a people lover, and I have friends across the globe, whether they're Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish of course, people are people, and with me, I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honour this amazing historic icon that I admire so much."