The Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot has been cast as the main lead in the upcoming movie “Cleopatra.” She will portray the role of Queen Cleopatra.
The movie is being directed by The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Director “Kari Skogland.”
The movie received controversy when it was first announced in December 2020 regarding the casting of Gal Gadot for portraying the role of the Egyptian Queen.
The actress came out to defend her role in the movie as the project received critics regarding her role and arguments that the role should have gone to African or Arabic actress.
The outrage imitated the whitewashing of casting Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s eponymous 1963 film. Despite the outrage, The Wonder Woman star recently told InStyle magazine that her “Cleopatra” movie will be “the story the world needs to hear now.”
“First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian,” she said. “We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.”
“I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story,” she told InStyle. “We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today.
Further, She added, “I’ve watched all the Cleopatra movies throughout history, but I feel like we’re telling the story the world needs to hear now.”
“I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honor this amazing historical icon that I admire so much. But anybody can make this movie, and anybody can go ahead and do it. I’m very passionate that I’m going to do my own too.”