Gal Gadot is taking over from Elizabeth Taylor on the big screen, as the ‘Wonder Woman’ actress has been confirmed to play queen of Egypt in a developing ‘Cleopatra’ movie stationed at Paramount Pictures.
The new project will reunite Gadot and her ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins for another female fronted big budget film. Jenkins is directing while Laeta Kalogridis and Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment script the upcoming picture. Gadot together with her Pilot Wave Motion Pictures banner partner Jaron Varsano are producing. Kalogridis will executive produce.
“I love embarking on new journeys, I love the excitement of new projects, the thrill of bringing new stories to life. Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time. Can’t be more grateful about this A team,” Gadot tweeted.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures won rights over the film in a competitive auction against Universal, Warner Bros, Netflix and Apple.
‘Cleopatra’ was first immortalised on the big Screen by Taylor in the 1963 Joseph Mankiewicz-directed piece for 20th Century Fox. It won four Academy Awards out of nine total nominations and grossed over $57.8 million in the US box office.
Gadot, who will be in cinemas on Christmas Day with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is currently hand busy on the set of Rawson Marshall Thurber’s directed Netflix heist film ‘Red Notice’. Her other much-anticipated film scheduled for release this year is ‘Death on the Nile’ based on the 1937 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.
Gadot is repped by WME.