As Entertainment Weekly reported this week, actress Gal Gadot will soon play the Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra in a new film. She follows in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor, who last played the historical figure in 1963. Gadot's companion and director Petty Jenkins will take a seat in the director's chair. This announcement has been preceded by a real tug-of-war between the major film studios in Hollywood in recent weeks. Netflix, Apple, Universal, Warner Bros. and Paramount, among others, are reported to have been interested in the project. In the end, Paramount is supposed to have defeated the others and can now call "Cleopatra" its own. Particularly outstanding was the new chairwoman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, Emma Watts. She has only been in office since June 2020 and has set a first sign towards competitors. With Laeta Kalogridis, a screenwriter has been found who, through her collaboration on the monumental film "Alexander", has experience in the filming of historical stories.
A release date for "Cleopatra" is unfortunately not yet known.