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Angelina Jolie To Play Cleopatra 2010-06-11 06:30:00

Can You See Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra?

Director Scott Rudin has already reportedly snagged the movie rights to a new biography about Cleopatra, called Cleopatra: A Life. The book doesn't hit shelves until November, but Rudin's team is already working on the film with Angelina Jolie in mind as the Queen of the Nile. It wouldn't be the first time Jolie tackled ancient history — she played Olympias in Alexander. What's your take — can you see Jolie as Cleopatra?

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White-Queen White-Queen 7 years
I read here to many ignorant people speaking about Cleopatra as if they knew anything at all. It is known for a fact that she was of greek heritage, hence she was closer to having white skin and caucasian features. So actresses like Berry or Hayek for such a role would be disasterous. The earlier Cleopatra films portrayed her as an almost too pale beautiful woman (liz taylor, Claudette Colbert- my favorite) - surrounded by other white females, even blondes... IMO Angelina - great for the job. Could even propose more wonderful white-skinned actresses for the role, but she'd do perfect enough.
SandyFeet SandyFeet 7 years
To argue the history of human kind is not what we are discussing here if so we are all "fish" and than amphibians, because that is where life began in the sea. Depending in your your beliefs is either God or evolution. The Ptolemaic dynasty married within their family, brothers to sisters, uncles to nieces, fathers and daughters and so forth as most royals throughout history. Cleopatra VII did not have "some Greek heritage" she was all of Macedonian heritage ie: Greek. HoneyBrown, you are making this into a race issue. American Institution of higher learning has not "overzealously white-wash and it should never be considered as truth". THIS IS A HISTORICAL FACT AND THEREFORE THE TRUTH AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO EXTREME RESEARCH. Yes, the region was mixed but then as now ROYALTY did NOT mix with commoners. Cleopatra VII by all accounts from the historians of that time credited her of being Greek from Macedonia. But you are correct in saying that Nefertiti (1370BC-1330BC) was dark-skinned her genealogical history is not fully known it is considered the she may have had Ethiopian blood. Why does race always have to be an issue?
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Sandyfeet, everyone's of African heritage. Caucasian heritage is a subset. HellooQueen, while she did have some Greek heritage, it is extremely likely it wasn't the sole one given that her family ruled for 300 years. Be mindful that a lot of "history" (especially in American institutions of learning) is overzealously white-washed and should never be considered truth without extreme research. That region was quite mixed. So, the likelihood for fair-skin is implausible, even for Greeks. Nefertiti was definitely darker-skinned.
HellooQueen HellooQueen 7 years
I agree with SandyFeet. Cleopatra VII was most likely fair skinned and of Greek descent. Her dynasty, the Ptolemaic dynasty, were of Greek ancestry, not Egyptian or African. I'm a History major, and we discussed Cleopatra in my Greek History class. Sorry, but Cleopatra VII was not black. You may have been thinking of Nefertiti, who may have had darker skin.
SandyFeet SandyFeet 7 years
Cleopatra VII Philopator, was the last person to rule Egypt as a pharaoh, after her death Egypt became a Roman Province. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes and Cleopatra V Tryphaena of Egypt both of Macedonian ethnicity was neither African nor black but very much of Caucasian heritage. True and simple history and as far as Angelina being cast for this part is very plausible since she is a much better actor than Berry or Jones. The only draw back IMO is that Cleopatra was younger than Angelina.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
No. No no no no no.
santiephey santiephey 7 years
no...she's too skinny, i'll be scared if i see her barely wearing nothing..
oneoclockjump oneoclockjump 7 years
No, because Cleopatra was black.
catita85 catita85 7 years
Yes, definitely.
acyl acyl 7 years
While I totally agree that a pale-skinned Cleopatra isn't historically accurate, I think Angie has that certain something that embodies what Cleopatra was. Powerful, intelligent, mysterious...Angie has a certain vibe about her.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
Agreeing with many comments above. I can't see her doing it, Catherine Zeta-Jones or Hallie Berry would be nice
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
angie definitely has the talent and screen presence for this role, but meh...i just hate she's the automatic pick for the role. i smell oscar-bait! i'd prefer someone less high-profile. p.s. liz taylor was pretty pale when she was Cleo. that role is pretty iconic too.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I can see Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek ( Salma has the whole Arabic look going for her). I can also see Katherine Zetajones in this role. Angelina, not so much. She is in fact too pale and too skinny.
esk4 esk4 7 years
How about an unknown? Why would you want an actress who is already associated with so much outside drama, an unknown would mean the audience would be more focused on the acting and the story than who the actress is. Of course having a name brings in more money so I am sure that would be a preferred route.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
I don't think skin color has anything to do with it... it is ACTING after all! Either way, now that I think of it, I'd like to see a newcomer, perhaps a bigger name to support it though... we'll see.
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