The lead role for the upcoming movie about Queen Cleopatra Philopator VII has been confirmed to be played by Gal Gadot, known for her portrayal of Wonder Woman. The release of a promotional poster has sparked excitement for the highly anticipated film, expected to hit theatres in 2025. Gadot aims to bring a new perspective to the iconic historical figure, who was famously played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 movie, Cleopatra. However, there have been concerns raised about the casting decision due to Gadot being from Israel.
In a recent interview, Gal Gadot shared her excitement about portraying Cleopatra in an upcoming project. She views the ancient Egyptian ruler as a strong female leader and hopes to showcase her multifaceted character beyond her seductive image of having affairs with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Although there has been some online criticism about Gadot’s casting, with some arguing that a Macedonian Greek actress would have been more appropriate, Gadot defended her role by highlighting that Cleopatra was of Macedonian descent. She is passionate about paying tribute to this historical icon. Cleopatra VII Philopator is widely recognized as one of the most remarkable figures from antiquity. As the last pharaoh to reign over ancient Egypt between 51 and 30 BC, she was a skilled diplomat and strategist who worked diligently to preserve Egypt’s independence while navigating the Roman Republic’s turbulent political landscape.