Gal Gadot: Cast as Cleopatra

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Gal Gadot. (Photo: NEWSWEEKCOM)

IO – Israeli actress Gal Gadot will be reuniting with her ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins for Paramount Pictures’ upcoming biopic ‘Cleopatra’. 

Gadot, who is looking forward to the release of her much-anticipated superhero movie ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ directed by Jenkins, said Cleopatra was a story she wanted to tell for a very long time. 

“I love embarking on new journeys,I love the excitement of new projects, the thrill of bringing new stories to life. Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time. Can’t be more grateful about this A team!! @PattyJenks @ParamountPics #AtlasEntertainment #LaetaKalogridis,” Gadot wrote on Twitter. 

Gadot, 35, will play the titular role of the last ruler of Egypt’s Ptolemaic Kingdom in the film to be directed by Jenkins and penned by Laeta Kalogridis. 

According to Deadline, the period drama will be produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven, Jenkins, Gadot and her Pilot Wave Motion Pictures partner Jaron Varsano. 

The Queen of Nile was most recently played by actor Elizabeth Taylor in 1963’s ‘Cleopatra’, directed by Joseph L.Mankiewicz. 

The film went on to win four Academy Awards. Prior to Taylor, American-French film actor Claudette Colbert played the role in 1934’s Cecil B. DeMille-directed ‘Cleopatra’. 

Gal Gadot was born on 30 April 1985 in Petah Tikva, Israel, and raised in its neighbouring city of Rosh HaAyin. 

Gadot completed her two mandatory years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, enlisted as a combat instructor. She began her service at age 20. 

Gadot says that her background helped her to win the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious: “I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons.” After her military service, Gadot studied law and international relations at the IDC Herzliya College. 

In October 2019, Gadot formed a production company, Pilot Wave, with her husband Jaron Varsano. She is set to star in and co-produce an Apple TV+ limited series about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, as well as the Warner Bros. historical thriller film Irena Sendler, about humanitarian Irena Sendler. (rp)