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Gal Gadot (Image Source: Instagram)
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Gal Gadot says controversial 'Cleopatra' movie is what 'the world needs to hear'

ANI | Updated: Jan 06, 2022 22:11 IST

Washington [US], January 6 (ANI): Hollywood actor Gal Gadot's 'Cleopatra' remake has been moving ahead with 'The Falcon and the Winter Solider' filmmaker Kari Skogland replacing Patty Jenkins as director.
According to Variety, the project generated controversy when it was first announced in December 2020 due to Gadot's casting as the iconic Egyptian queen. The 'Wonder Woman' star is an Israeli actor playing a mixed-race historical figure.
The outrage mirrored the whitewashing of casting Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's eponymous 1963 film. Despite the outrage, Gadot recently told a magazine that her 'Cleopatra' movie will be "the story the world needs to hear now."

Gadot said, "I can't reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we're going to celebrate the Cleopatra story. We're going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we're living in today. I've watched all the 'Cleopatra' movies throughout history, but I feel like we're telling the story the world needs to hear now."
Gadot had reacted to the outrage around her casting as Cleopatra in a December 2020 interview. The actor defended accepting the role at the time, saying, "First of all, if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra."
"I have friends from across the globe, whether they're Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish of course," Gadot continued.
She added, "People are people, and with me I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honor this amazing historic icon that I admire so much...You know, anybody can make this movie and anybody can go ahead and do it. I'm very passionate that I'm going to do my own too."
As per Variety, in addition to 'Cleopatra', Gadot also has 'Wonder Women 3' on her upcoming docket. (ANI)