The Wonder Woman duo of director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are teaming to bring another iconic woman to the big screen – Cleopatra.
Jenkins and Gadot will be working from a screenplay by Shutter Island scripter Laeta Kalogridis.
Gadot, of course, will be playing Cleopatra, the fabled last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. She tweeted out her excitement earlier today –
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.Can’t be more grateful about this A team!! @PattyJenks @ParamountPics #AtlasEntertainment #LaetaKalogridis https://t.co/qLH7vfCaUo
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 11, 2020
Cleopatra has been cinematic fodder since the earliest days of motion pictures starting with Georges Méliès’s 1899 silent horror film Robbing Cleopatra’s Tomb. Theda Bara played the monarch in Cleopatra (1917) followed by Claudette Colbert in 1934. Of course the most famous film version of the Egyptian ruler’s is the 1963 Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor from writer/director Joseph L Mankiewicz.