Earlier this week, it was reported that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will be joining the cast Amazing lady Director Patti Jenkins once again for the second film. It was also revealed that Cleopatra is set to star in a period biographical play written by Gale Liota Colgridis. However, fans have expressed dissatisfaction with the casting of an Israeli white woman as the Arab Queen in Paramount’s upcoming film.
Deadline reports that the film is Gadot’s idea and is being billed as an epic character drama. Sharing the news on Twitter, the Wonder Woman actress wrote, “I love 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 a long time. “I can’t be more grateful for this A team.”
Fans called the makers to cast White Woman
While fans were enthusiastic, the news drew a bit of criticism. Netizens also questioned whether the representation of the Egyptian ruler and the Israeli actress were suitable for the role. Some expressed concern that the actress was Israeli, while others said the role should go to a colorful woman. One user wrote, “And Gal Gadot, and you’re embarrassed. Your country steals Arab land and you’re stealing their movie roles … smh.”
Another user said, “I’m sure Gal Gadot will do a wonderful job as Cleopatra. But, personally, I would like a Cleopatra that is darker than a brown paper bag, because it looks a bit more accurate historically.”
Netizens also expressed concern about the casting of the Israeli actress
However, Gadot is not the first white woman to play the role of Egyptian queen. Claudette Colbert, Vivian Lee, and Elizabeth Taylor have all played historical roles. But netizens also had suggestions for a better cast. One Twitter user said, “Which Hollywood dumbass thought it would be better to cast an Israeli actress as Cleopatra (a very frustrated looking one) rather than a formidable Arab actress like Nadine Nizem?”
The film is directed by Patty Jenkins
Notably, Cleopatra was the first descendant of the Greek Ptolemy I of Macedonia. He established himself as King of Egypt after the death of his companion, Alexander the Great. Returning to the film, it is said to be a resale of the 1963 title classic, written by Laita Colgradis. Cleopatra, Which became famous due to the performance of Elizabeth Taylor.
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