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Cleopatra: Gal Gadot to play Queen of Egypt; Netizens not happy

Gal Gadot re-teams with Patty Jenkins for a film on Cleopatra; sparks criticism

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Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot will soon be seen as Cleopatra, the Queen Of Egypt. Gadot took to Twitter to announce that she will collaborate with filmmaker Patty Jenkins in a period biographical drama scripted by Laeta Kalogridis. Paramount will be producing the historical drama, it defeated Apple, Universal, Warner Bros, and Netflix in the auction.

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Gal Gadot, in a two-part tweet, wrote, “As you might have heard I teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women’s eyes, both behind and in front of the camera. And we are especially thrilled to be announcing this on #InternationalDayoftheGirl We hope women and girls all around the world, who aspire to tell stories will never give up on their dreams and will make their voices heard, by and for other women (sic).”

Read Gal Gadot’s tweet:

Her tweet soon drew criticism, with some railing against the casting of an Israeli as the Queen of Egypt. Some saying that a woman of colour should have got the role.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Gal Gadot is not the first white woman cast in the role of the Egyptian queen. Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor have all portrayed the historical figure in the past.

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