Ang Lee Confirms He’s Directing Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra

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.

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