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'Wonder Woman' Star Gal Gadot To Play Cleopatra In New Movie

The Israeli actress and director Patty Jenkins of the DCEU franchise will team up for an upcoming film about the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, who was most famously played by Elizabeth Taylor
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Gal Gadot follows in the footsteps of the late Elizabeth Taylor to take on the role of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The Wonder Woman actress is teaming up with director Patty Jenkins to produce and star in the new biographical movie. The duo previously worked together on Wonder Woman and its sequel. Laeta Kalogridis (of Shutter Island and Alita: Battle Angel) will serve as the script writer and executive producer of the project.

Considering both Gadot and Jenkins’ bodies of work, the film will likely portray Cleopatra from a feminist perspective. Gadot even alluded to the idea in when announcing her role in the project. 

"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," Gadot wrote on Twitter. "To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera.”

She went on to say, “We hope women and girls all around the world, who aspire to tell stories will never give up on their dreams and will make their voices heard, by and for other women."

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One of the most well-known portrayals of the Egyptian royal was Taylor’s version in the 1963 movie Cleopatra. The film, which caused quite the scandal in its day with production woes and cast changes, was the highest-grossing film of that year and received four Academy Awards.

The film has been picked up by Paramount Pictures, who have yet to give a release date for the project. However, Gadot and Jenkins’ newest movie Wonder Woman 1984 is set to hit theatres on Christmas Day this year. 

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