Angelina Jolie will be CLEOPATRA from the looks of it

Angelina Jolie will be CLEOPATRA from the looks of it

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Up until now, everyone usually associates Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor, but that may soon change.  USA Today got a pretty interesting scoop.  Author Stacy Schiff, which talking about her upcoming biography (Cleopatra: A Life), noted “we have little idea of what she actually looked like.”  Now granted, it’s kind of a no-brainer to cast someone like Angelina Jolie to play the Queen of the Nile, but things weren’t close to being a reality until now.  At a recent Manhattan lunch to promote the book, Schiff and publisher Michael Pietsch said film producer Scott Rudin has bought the rights to Schiff’s book, and has Jolie in mind for the role.  They go on to say Rudin’s office confirmed the project “is being developed for and with Jolie.”  In regards to the casting, Schiff says “Physically, she’s the perfect look.”  Then the question becomes will Brad Pitt be Marc Antony or possibly Julius Caesar?  Jolie’s last film of this type was the Oliver Stone flop ALEXANDER, which despite and impressive cast failed to impress critics or audiences.  A film like CLEOPATRA could be an extremely ambitious project to take on at present.  Then again, it may be just what moviegoers are looking for… if done right.  At this point, I’d be most interested in which director gets this baby.  What do you think about Angelina playing the Queen of the Nile?  Tell us in the comments below.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.