Gal Gadot defends Cleopatra casting

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Gal Gadot defended her decision to take on the role of Cleopatra in the upcoming biographical drama following "whitewashing" criticism. 

In October it was announced that the Wonder Womanactor would play Cleopatra in the film directed by Patty Jenkins. 

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

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."

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