For some reason, a “Cleopatra” movie starring Angelina Jolie just seems … right. No, not right, more like, “Well duh, who else would you get to play Cleopatra if not Angelina Jolie”? I don’t know, the woman just seems tailor made for the role of Egypt’s most famous Queen.
And if Columbia Pictures get their way, director Ang Lee will be directing Jolie in their big-budget “Cleopatra” movie. Word is, the studio has the Chinese director at the very top of their list, though no offers have gone out to Lee yet. I suspect now that it’s all out there in the public domain, that will change pretty soon.
The movie would be based on Pulitzer Prize winning Stacy Schiff’s nonfiction best-seller “Cleopatra: A Life”, which producer Scott Rudin acquired back in 2010. David Fincher was previously rumored to be directing, but that seems unlikely with “The Girl Who Played With Fire” on the horizon for him. That is, if the studio decides to make that movie, which at this point may or may not actually happen.
“Cleopatra” would trace the Egyptian ruler’s rise from her teenage years when she battled her siblings to her affairs with Roman giants Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, to her eventual downfall as the last Queen of Egypt. The tale is filled with sex, violence, and tragedy, and would definitely make for quite the epic movie.
Until then, Lee has “Life of Pi” coming up, but is probably most famous for “Brokeback Mountain” with the critics and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” with the fanboys.
Via : THR