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Oct 13, 2020 Israeli actress Gal Gadot made an exiting announcement Oct. 11. “As you might have heard I teamed up with Patty Jenks and Laeta Kalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women’s eyes, both behind and in front of the camera,” she tweeted. In one other tweet, the “Wonder Woman” actress wrote, “Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time.” Media retailers worldwide had been fast to choose up the story, hailing one other Jenks-Gadot undertaking after “Wonder Woman” and the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984.” Paramount Pictures is reportedly set to distribute the movie, with Laeta Kalogridis writing the screenplay. Of course, all of the protection mentions probably the most well-known Cleopatra — Elizabeth Taylor, whose 1936 movie “Cleopatra” received 4 Oscars, together with Best Picture. But not everybody has congratulated Gadot. Several commenters slammed Paramount for casting Gadot for the position. Criticism got here from throughout. Some individuals had been indignant a few white actress being solid within the position of the Egyptian queen; others lambasted Paramount for casting an Israeli as a substitute of an Arab actress. “Which Hollywood dumbass thought it would be a good idea to cast an Israeli actress as Cleopatra (a very bland looking one) instead of a stunning Arab actress like Nadine Njeim? And shame on you, Gal Gadot. Your country steals Arab land & you’re stealing their movie roles,” tweeted Sameera Khan. User Abdul El-Sayed tweeted, “So … there were no Egyptian women to play, um, an *Egyptian* queen?” Other tweets instructed that the position ought to have gone to an African lady, like Yahoo! Entertainment’s headline, “Gal Gadot starring in new ‘Cleopatra’ draws backlash: ‘Can’t they find an African actress?'” Twitter person Tony Laface wrote, “Another attempt to white wash a historical figure!” The Twitter argument went on for a lot of hours, with tons of of statements and reactions over the selection of Gadot, her nationality and the true historical past of Cleopatra. One person wrote, “Get Educated !!! your hate of Israel make you look ridiculous. FYI Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian or Arab, she was Greek! Stop being ignorant. Gal Gadot is the prefect choice.” The staff behind the movie weighed in with tact. “Incredibly excited to get the prospect to inform the story of Cleopatra, my favourite Ptolemaic Pharoah and arguably probably the most well-known Macedonian Greek lady in historical past,” tweeted screenplay creator Kalogridis, pointedly referring to Cleopatra’s origins. Several information websites famous that the thought for the movie apparently got here from Gadot herself, who had lengthy dreamed of telling the story of the highly effective queen. The digital bashing was not the primary time Gadot has acquired insults over her Israeli heritage. In 2017, Lebanon banned “Wonder Woman” from the nation’s film theaters due to Gadot’s Israeli nationality. One may surprise what is going to occur when Gadot’s new movie reaches Egyptian theaters. One factor is certain, Gadot’s many followers internationally are already eagerly awaiting its launch.  

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