Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Cleopatra in a new biopic will not be that of a sexy seductress, it has been claimed.
The Hollywood starlet is to play the Egyptian queen in Sony Pictures’ new 3D biopic, based on Stacy Schiff’s biography Queen Of The Nile, Cleopatra: A Life. Director Scott Rudin has told Deadline that the film focuses on Cleopatra as a great ruler.
Scott said: “It is a completely revisionist Cleopatra, a much more grown-up sophisticated version.
“She’s not a sex kitten, she’s a politician, strategist, warrior. In the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, Elizabeth Taylor is a seductress, but the histories of Cleopatra have been written by men. This is the first to be written by a woman.
“It felt like such a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges idea of how to tell it, impossible to resist. We’re pretty close. A lot of directors want to do it, but there is only a handful we’ll make it with.”
James Cameron had previously been in talks to direct the project, but Deadline now reports Bourne director Paul Greengrass is being tipped to direct the film.
Scott didn’t reveal who would be behind the camera, but said “we’re pretty close” to signing a director.