Gal Gadot has established herself as one of the most captivating leading ladies of the modern era. Her work as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman cemented her ability to play a compelling, complex, and strong lead character. She will be bringing that same level of talent to a project that is incredibly daunting and impressive. Luckily, she will be working with a very familiar director to do this.
Deadline reports that Gal Gadot will portray the famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, in a big-budget period piece helmed by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. Gadot actually propositioned the idea of Cleopatra and enlisted writer Laeta Kalogridis to pen the script. Kalogridis has credits on such films as Alita: Battle Angel, Terminator Genisys, and was the creator of the recently canceled Netflix series, Altered Carbon. She even has a DC connection as she was one of the developers on the Birds of Prey series that most people have forgotten about.
The project may have been spearheaded by Gal Gadot but it was Paramount who will be overseeing production on Cleopatra. The project was part of a heated bidding war between Paramount and other high-profile movie studios such as Universal, Warner Bros., Apple, and Netflix. However, Gadot’s company house Pilot Wave will also be producing and writer Kalogridis will also be involved as an executive producer. Suffice to say, there will be plenty of women controlling the creative direction of the picture.
And that feels particularly appropriate for a character like Cleopatra. Gal Gadot will be following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor who starred in the landmark film Cleopatra back in 1963. That film is infamous for being the most expensive motion picture of all time during its production, and it is likely that this new version of Cleopatra will be doing its best to meet the kind of gaudy excess that audiences would expect from a story about the Egyptian queen.
It will also be interesting to see what kind of tone Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, and Laeta Kalogridis will bring to their interpretation of Cleopatra. One would assume that the parties involved will be bringing their action filmmaking talents to the story, and that we could see a more superhero take on the historical figure of Cleopatra. We doubt it will reach levels of high fantasy, but it is worth it to think that this team wants to portray the Egyptian queen in a way we have not seen her on the big screen before.
We will have to see how this project movies along considering the state of movie theaters today. It sounds like Paramount wants to get this film on the fast track, so it might be happening sooner than we think. If that means we are going to get to see Gal Gadot decked out in some radical Egyptian couture in the next two years, we are firmly on board with getting Cleopatra made as quickly as possible. We look forward to reporting more about this project as it develops.