Angelina Jolie To Play Cleopatra

Angelina Jolie should sharpen her black eyeliner; she may be playing Cleopatra on the big screen very soon. Producer Scott Rudin—the dude who brought you “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood,” and a slew of Wes Anderson flicks—has optioned the new book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, and says that he is developing the movie for and with Angie. This is super exciting for several reasons. First of all, because Cleopatra is one of the most powerful women in ancient history and perhaps the one with the juiciest love life. And second, because in the very famous 1963 adaptation of the pharoah’s story, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Antony by Richard Burton, whom she fell in love with on set (and eventually married twice) even though both were married to other people at the time. So maybe Brad will prepare his asps to play Antony? Hey, we can dream. Schiff, who wrote the book the movie will be based on, says, “We have little idea of what [Cleopatra] actually looked like.” But then also, “Physically, [Angelina]‘s the perfect look.” Which is confusing. But whatever. [Radar]

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