Gal Gadot has been cast as Cleopatra in an upcoming Paramount film helmed by ‘Wonder Woman’ director, Patty Jenkins Deadline reports.
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The film was the actress’s idea and is currently being billed as an epic biographical drama.
Gadot, who is best known for her role as Wonder Woman, is of Israeli decent.
As for Cleopatra, she was a decedent of Ptolemy I, a Macedonian Greek who established himself as king of Egypt after Alexander the Great perished.
However, because her mother’s identity remains a mystery to this day, Cleopatra’s ethnicity also remains a topic of debate.
Gadot’s casting in the role has since draw controversy because of this.
Many fans took to Twitter to react in a variety of ways.
Paramount pictures casting Gal gadot as cleopatra has the same energy as this pic.twitter.com/ax2PikP9yY
— izzy✨ (@selsringz) October 11, 2020
a cleopatra movie could be a huge step forward for big nose representation but hollywood just won’t allow it pic.twitter.com/oNi6uTdyue
— trev 🦏💀 (@trevorcumbo) October 11, 2020
While fans appear to be split on the nuance (or arguable lack-there of) when it comes to Gadot’s casting, neither side is likely to question her acting ability given the praise heaped on her performance as Wonder Woman.
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