By: Patricia Yap
Gal Gadot, the Wonder Woman we’ve all come to know her as, is taking on a new role as the Queen of the Nile Cleopatra, in a soon-to-be directed biographical drama film by American director and screenwriter Patty Jenkins.
According to Deadline, the film itself was the brainchild of Gadot. After going through a rigorous process of pitching and meeting with film executives, the deal for the movie was closed just two days ago, October 10. This makes Gadot not only the film’s main actress but she will also serve as the film’s producer.
“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”, Gadot tweeted earlier today.
Together with Gadot and Jenkins, another powerful woman from the American entertainment industry, Laeta Kalogridis will be joining as Cleopatra’s executive producer and screenwriter. Gadot enlisted Kalogridis herself, and the screenwriter is known for her involvement and work in movies like Shutter Island, Alexander, and Alita: Battle Angel.
Cleopatra is reported to be produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and generated by Pilot Wave, Gadot and husband Jaron Varsano’s recently established production company. In addition to this, during an auction of the film between giants Universal, Warner Bros., Netflix and Apple, Paramount Motion Picture Group President Emma Watts won.
However, fans are showing mixed reactions after hearing the news of Gadot’s role yesterday. Numerous fans are cheering her on while there are those questioning Gadot’s fit for the role, saying an actress of color would be better suited to play the Egyptian queen.
But reactions aside, before we can expect Cleopatra (no official movie title yet) to end up on screens, fans can watch Gadot be the empowering woman that she is as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984, also directed by Jenkins, that’s expected to hit the big screens this December 25, 2020. A perfect Christmas treat!