Gal Gadot to play Cleopatra in new movie


Gal Gadot, well-known for her lead performance in “Wonder Woman,” is said to take the role of Cleopatra in new movie.

Gal Gadot has remained in the spotlight for some time after taking on the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Justice League series as well as the superhero’s own stand alone films. Now headlines of the star are being made once again for the recent news of Gadot bringing Cleopatra to the big screen. This does not come without controversy however as critics are claiming the choice of the cast is considered “whitewashing” while others couldn’t care less and/or be happier about the decision.

“I don’t know how I feel about the casting.” says Joaquin Jordan, a claimed movie enthusiast. “It seems like it would work I think but will obviously come with a lot of hate and pushback.”

Jordan then went on to say that after reading reports of Gadot playing Cleopatra, he started to care even less. According to what he read, he explained it as though the true origin of Cleopatra is ultimately left as being unknown and finding an actress that checks each box perfectly seems impossible. It also takes away from the acting itself, he explained.

“I’m very excited about her being in this movie.” says Alexandra Robbins, a senior at the University of Arkansas. “I genuinely like her as an actress and if you read what the movie is about, who plays what doesn’t mean as much.”

Robbins also feels as though Gal Gadot would bring a lot to the movie as she’s made a name for herself in the industry and a big name like that will only bring more attention which to her could result in a more successful debut.

Others didn’t share the same feelings, however. “Hearing that she was going to portray Cleopatra made me very upset.” says Erica Jordan, a film major at the University of North Texas. “She is not Egyptian and it is not okay that a person with true Egyptian blood in them wasn’t casted instead.”

Jordan went on to say that there are many other actresses who would better fill the role even if they aren’t as well known. She feels as though it could have been a breakthrough for an upcoming star but it was ultimately stolen.

As of now there is no release date for the Cleopatra movie.