Ang Lee Confirms He’s Directing Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra

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Ang LeeAng Lee has been at the top of Columbia Pictures’ list of directors to direct their big-budget spectacle “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie since 2012. And to hear the director of “Life of Pi” and “Brokeback Mountain” tell it, he’s pretty jazz about directing the film, too.

While at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (must be nice this time of the year), Lee made it clear that this is a film he’s excited to make, even if his fellow directors like Paul Greengrass, James Cameron and David Fincher couldn’t get it done in the past for one reason or another.

He tells THR:

I’m about to read the script. It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I’ve done. What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.

The guy does have an amazingly eclectic filmography, from martial arts movie to American Western to a movie about a kid trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger. So why not a historical epic about Cleopatra? (And oh yeah, he also directed a comic book movie about a big green guy, too. Like I said: eclectic.)

The movie, set to star Angelina Jolie as the titular Egyptian Queen, would be based on the book “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff.

Cleopatra: A Life Book Cover

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I’m sure Ang Lee wouldn’t like you mentioning his take on Hulk.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      LOL!! I liked some of what he did with it. The comic panel editing was pretty unique and cool. The action was good when there was action. Otherwise it was taking itself too seriously and trying to be too cerebral.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      There was nothing wrong with Ang Lee’s “Hulk” and he has nothing to apologize for. His version is still better than Louis Leterrier ‘s by a few hundred miles, and will continue to be better than anyone else’s. It’s the Hulk. Every Hulk movie is going to be lacking because you can’t do much with the character other than have him fight some other giant monster. But Lee did a LOT with little. You’ll “get” his take on it in 10 years or so.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Oh I get his take very much, and where a lot of it came from. You didn’t bring me on board for my good looks man, but for my comic knowledge. MOst of that whole Father issue thing came from the 90′s comics that Peter David was writing. Good stuff actually. And I liked what they did with it in the film. That said I guess I just wanted more in a final fight than what we got. I agree, storywise they did more with the character than Incredible, and the desert fight was so much better than the college campus fight. If there was a way to take the two and meld them for a third movie with the Leader and his gamma corps that’d be very cool.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          You’re an exception, Ded. Most comic book geeks I know just wants to see the Hulk punch a bunch of monsters for 2 hours.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            LoL that would be a crap movie. What I hated about Incredible was the “Woe is me” attitude that Banner had. I loved Ruffalo’s take because even when he talked about the Hulk as “The other guy” it was an acceptance of what had happened to him. And they did a good job showing that even though he has some control, when he’s forced to change (like on the helicarrier) he isn’t always in control.

        • Juggernaut

          A mix between the two would be great. Ruffalo returning as Banner, William Hurt bcak as Thunderbolt Ross, Jennifer Connoly in the Betty role again and Tim Blake Nelson returning as Leader and Ty Burrell undergoing his gamma radiation to become the suped up Doc Samson would be sweet. I’d love to see Eric Banna (Bruce from Lee’s Hulk film) be introcuced as Rick Jones who later becomes A-Bomb! Josh Lucas back as GlennTalbot would be cool too just make him more of a military man.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Well I don’t know about Josh Lucas coming back. He was obliterated. But the rest of the cast I’m in for. Though not Banna as Rick Jones. I like Ty Burrell as an actor but he was wrong for Doc Samson, now if you want to put Banna back in a role, have him take over as Doc Samson and then power him up. But yeah rest of cast pring them back, especially Tim Blake Nelson.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    And Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra is as bad as Elizabeth Taylor in the role. I mean she can act and all but really? You trying to tell me you couldn’t use Rosario Dawson in the part? I mean she’s closer in skin tone to someone of that region. But Ah well.

    • Juggernaut

      Lindsay Lohan nuff’ said!

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        No, No, No. She attempted to play Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra. And that was a train wreck. Really Lohan as Taylor? Jeez people, give Liz some credit.

        • Juggernaut

          That was sarcasm my friend. LOL.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I know, but I had to get that off my chest. Lol