Gal Gadot cast as Cleopatra, draws criticism as 'very bland looking' Israeli playing the queen of Egypt
"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot will appear as Cleopatra in an upcoming Paramount film. This casting has criticized an Israeli actress who plays the role of the legendary Queen of Egypt.
Gadot announced the casting Sunday on Twitter and discussed the collaboration with Patty Jenkins, the director of "Wonder Woman", which was written by Laeta Kalogridis.
"As you may have heard, I have teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to screen in a way never seen before. To bring her story to the first time telling with a woman's eyes both behind and in front of the camera, "wrote Gadot. “I love taking new trips, I love the excitement of new projects, the thrill of bringing new stories to life. Cleopatra is a story I've wanted to tell for a long time. "
It is a repetition of the film history and role that Elizabeth Taylor made famous in director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1963 epic "Cleopatra".
Kalogridis said on Twitter that she was looking forward to writing the story of Cleopatra, "arguably the most famous Macedonian Greek woman in history." Cleopatra was of Macedonian descent and had little or no Egyptian blood.
Gal Gadot was cast in the role of "Cleopatra".
The journalist Sameera Khan was not convinced and has blown the decision on Twitter. She asked who in Hollywood "thought it was a good idea to cast an Israeli actress as Cleopatra (a very boring looking one) instead of a stunning Arab actress like Nadine Njeim? And shame on you, Gal Gadot. Your land is stealing Arab land & you steal her film rolls ... smh. "
"White libraries freaked out ... when white actors played MYTHICAL Egyptian gods on Gods of Egypt, but all is well when a WHITE Israeli actress of European descent is cast as Cleopatra," added Khan.
Twitter user @MoeDihani asked: "How about if you cast someone with North African blood! Someone like Sofia Boutella! I'm so sick of casting white actors and Israelis as pharaohs and Arab roles! Gal Gadot shouldn't be Cleopatra . "
"The disrespect!" he added.
Twitter user @Morgan Jerkins wrote, "I'm sure Gal Gadot will do a wonderful job as Cleopatra. For me personally, however, I would love a Cleopatra that is darker than a brown paper bag because that seems a little more historical historically, exactly. "
Other social media users pointed out that Gadot is a tried and tested draw in a casting that they deemed appropriate.
"I'll say that once and I won't say it again, Cleopatra was Greek," wrote Twitter user @ BlackMajikMan90. "Yes, she was Egyptian ruler, but she was a Greek of Persian and Syrian descent. The people who react negatively to this are uneducated and uninformed. Gal Gadot deserves this role."
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Gal Gadot cast as Cleopatra, critics refuse casting for Egyptian queen
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