Gal Gadot to play Cleopatra in new movie

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  • Gal Gadot will play Cleopatra in a new biographical drama directed by Patty Jenkins.
  • The Wonder Woman actor said on Twitter that they would tell her story for the first time through women's eyes.
  • After the casting announcement, a debate sparked on social media whether the 35-year-old is the right actor for the role.


Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are set to work on their third film project together.

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 Variety, Paramount Pictures won the rights to the film beating Netflix, Apple, Universal and Warner Brothers.

Gal shared the news on Twitter on Sunday.

"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. 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."

After the news was announced, a debate started on social media whether the 35-year-old was the right actor for the role.

Journalist Sameera Khan wrote: "Which Hollywood dumbass thought it would be a good idea to cast an Israeli actress as Cleopatra (a very bland looking one) instead of a stunning Arab actress like Nadine Njeim? And shame on you, Gal Gadot."

Author Morgan Jenkins wrote: "I'm sure Gal Gadot is going to do a wonderful job as Cleopatra. However, for me personally, I would love a Cleopatra who's darker than a brown paper bag, because that seems a bit more historically accurate."

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.

Laeta wrote: "Incredibly excited to get the chance to tell the story of Cleopatra, my favourite Ptolemaic Pharoah and arguably the most famous Macedonian Greek woman in history. Never thought I'd have the opportunity to tell a story like this, with women who have inspired me beyond words."

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