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.
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.
Taking to her Instagram handle, Gadot shared her excitement with all her fans. Sharing an artwork of the Egyptian queen, she said, “As you might have heard I teamed up with Patty jenkins and Leata Kalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before.”
She went on add that this will be the first time that they tell the Queen’s story, through the eyes of a woman.
Gal wrote, “To tell her story for the first time through women’s eyes, both behind and in front of the camera. And we are especially thrilled to be announcing this on International Day of the Girl!”
In her social media post, she added, “We hope women and girls all around the world, who aspire to tell stories will never give up on their dreams and will make their voices heard, by and for other women.”
The role of the Queen of Nile was last played by legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor in 1963. ‘Cleopatra’, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 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’.