Comparisons between Oscar winner Angelina Jolie and ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra might seem hyperbolic, but they’ll soon be literal.
After speculation about Jolie’s possible casting as Cleopatra lit up the Net on Thursday, Us Weekly reported Friday that the actress will indeed play Cleopatra in historical biopic.
Jolie will appear in an upcoming historical movie based on the soon-to-be-published writer Stacy Schiff’s new book “Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life,” publisher Little, Brown confirmed to UsMagazine.com – and speculates to the paper that Brad Pitt would be a “no-brainer” for the role of Marc Antony.
On Thursday, it was reported that movie producer Scott Rudin, who has been behind hit films like Julie & Julia, No Country for Old Men and Doubt, obtained the rights to the tome.
Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch said Jolie’s regal nature was one of the main reasons she was cast. “
Angelina Jolie radiates grace and power, exactly the qualities that [author] Stacy Schiff finds in her biography of the most intriguing ruler who ever lived,” Pietsch told Us Magazine.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Schiff echoed Pietsch’s sentiments saying, “I think she’d be perfect for it, and I can see a possible Oscar in her future.”
Hollywood has already brought Cleopatra’s story to the silver screen several times. The most well-known flick about the legendary ruler is the 1963 epic “Cleopatra,” which starred real-life couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Taylor took on the title role opposite Burton as her lover and Roman politico Mark Antony.
Angelina Jolie’s rep could not be reached for comment. This summer, fans can catch Angelina Jolie in the spy thriller “Salt,” set to hit US theaters in July.