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Epicness! James Cameron In Talks To Direct Angelina Jolie In Cleopatra

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james cameron in talks to direct angelina jolie in new cleopatra film

We would love to see this combination! Although would they do this in 3D?

Sources have confirmed that Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron is currently in early talks with Sony Pictures about the possibility of directing Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra.

The script is based on Stacy Schiff's book Cleopatra: A Life, and it's being written by Brian Helgeland, whose last epic feature script was Russell Crowe's Robin Hood.

The film is being produced by Scott Rudin, who recently produced everything The Social Network.

Quite the team behind this one! We'll be keeping our ears open for updates.

How do U feel about the possibly of James Cameron directing Cleopatra? Do U think he could make this better than Avatar?

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50 comments to “Epicness! James Cameron In Talks To Direct Angelina Jolie In Cleopatra

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    I have no problem with Cameron directing Cleopatra, but I do have a problem with Angelina playing her. I wish "people" would portray Cleopatra in her correct light…Cleo was black. Check your history people…

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    Better than Avatar? I sure hope so. That movie was bad. It was visually stunning but that's it, nothing more. The bad guy was cliché, the story was *yawn* (seriously, it was space-Pocahontas ; even the talking tree stuff), and faaar too long.

    I just hope it's better than the one with Elizabeth Taylor (the very proof than excellent actors don't make a good movie is there's noone directing them correctly).

    And now that you mentioned it, Angelina Jolie would be physically perfect for the role.

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    Robin Hood was the first movie I have ever slept through in a movie theater. I'm not saying that Mr. Helgeland can't write, but I do hope that I can stay awake through Cleopatra.

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    Ange would make a great Cleo - such a complex, political figure needs a great actress. And for those of you who think she should be played by a woman of color - read your history books. Cleopatra was of Greek heritage. The Ptolomic dynasty was all Greek and did not intermarry with native Egyptians - so a caucasian actress is appropriate.

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    I won't see this movie if Angelina is associated with it.

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    I like the idea of Cameron directing it, I don't agree with Angelina portraying her. It is incorrect though when you say Cleopatra was black, she was not. She was half Greek and half Egyptian. Which means she was half white, and the Egyptian half of her family were not the dark skinned Egyptians. She was notoriously exotic looking to the Egyptian people because she was white with raven dark hair, and green eyes. She was exotic to the Romans and the Greeks because of the same thing. This role would be better suited by someone like Camilla Belle if you want to go by accurate looks.

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    Re: TRicks720 – For the last time people Cleopatara was NOT black. Yes Egypt is in Africa, but it is the Mediterranean region. If someone is from the Congo, you would not say they were Moroccon. They do NOT even speak the same language, yet it is still in Africa. African does NOT mean black. Thta's like saying American means WHITE. African is a nationality not a color. That being said… I agree that Angelina is the stereotypical Elizabeth Taylor cleo and they should try to give a more Mediterranean look to the actress. Disappointing.

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    Re: Valentina – Well put Valentina. African does not mean BLACK.

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    Oh, and the other thing I don't agree with is Angie is getting too old to play Cleopatra in her prime. Cleopatra became the Queen-apparent when she was 14 years old, she became Queen-consort to her brother when she was 18. And by 19 she was Queen/Empress-regent (sole ruler) of the Egyptian Empire by 19. She died quite young, as well. So Unless they intend to portray Cleopatra in her final years (and even this would be stretching it) than I don't really understand this casting.

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    Great! I think he could do the movie justice. I L-O-V-E Angelina but…. Could he be historically correct and get a Black actress to play Cleo??? Some ppl are saying that she was half black …. WELL at least get HALLE BERRY not Jolie

  11. Emesa says – reply to this


    Re: TRicks720 – We don't know exactly what Cleopatra VII looked like. We have coins from her time with her head in profile on them, you can look these up on google image. These are probably the best we have to go on.
    We also have the representaions of her on Egyptain walls and monuments, but as with all depictions of Pharaos, these are not idiosyncratic representations of individuals. Pharaohs were depicted looking very similar to eachother through out the dynasties, with the obvious exeption of Akhenaten. This was to give the impression of consistensy and order or "Maat" as the Ancient Egyptians called it.
    What we DO know is that Cleopatra VII was a Ptolemy, the last pahraoh in a line of Greek rulers of the Nile country who had held the throne since Alexander the Great's conquest. It is unlikely, therefore, that Cleopatra was black (sub-saharan African in appearence)
    I do agree that Angelina, who is very north European looking, is a bad choice for the Queen. A better fit would be someone of North african/Arab/Semitic or Maditerranian looks. But oh well. It's a hollywood blockbuster not a historical account.

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    Re: TRicks720 – THANK YOU! Cleopatra was an AFRICAN Queen. Angelina is obviously NOT African. Egyptians come in several shades - dark, light, medium BROWN. Why not have a light skinned black woman play her. It would still fit the idea of what Hollywood calls "beautiful" but at least it'd be historically correct.

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    Re: Emesa
    Exactly, She was of Greek descent (her ancestor was Alexander the Great), not African at all.

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    Re: ValentinaRe: TRicks720 – Cleopatra's father was Greek, her mother was also Greek and may have even been her father's half sibling. Some historians believe that Cleo's mother was an Egyptian, but this is highly disputed.

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    Loooooooooooooove her. She is by far my favorite actress of our times. That is a bad ass team. She can do it all.

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    Re: gorgeous_chik7 – SHE WASN'T AFRICAN DUMMY!!!!!! She was GREEK. I bet you though Jesus was black too.

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    Re: arealone – Who are these "SOME people"? Who says she's half BLACK? African does not mean black. She was Greek. Black is a color not a heritage.

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    he should do it. i read that miseralba wants to work with him again and.. Hell no… He needs to be busy and work with a great actress.

    Angelina looks exotic,beautiful and strong. She's a good choice because she's more than a pretty face.

  20. 20

    Exactly,Cleopatra was black. I love Angelina, but it's not the best actress for this role. Maybe Zoe Saldana, or Halle Berry

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    TRicks720. I think YOU need to check YOUR history. As Cleopatra was not "black" as you put it. But actually the daughter of one of ALEXANDERS generals…. as in Alexander the great. They were Greek.

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    i just dont think angie is a good choice…for one thing..she doesnt have the good looks anymore. and if i remember anything from history class…wasnt cleopatra more exotic? i dont get anything "exotic" from angie. and well assuming that they gunna use Celo in her prime…isnt angie..too old?

  23. 23

    Also. Cleopatra was NOT a particularly beautiful woman.

  24. 24

    yes,Cleo was mixed race Greek and Egyptian. To be honest with you,the perfect person to play her based on looks is ALICIA KEYES. She is exactly what Cleopatra looked like. The woman was a descendent of ALex the Great(who on a sidenote should not have been played by Irishman Colin Farrell in his biopic)who based on the skintone of most inhabitiants of the Mediterrannean is from olive tone to various dark shades. NOT LILY WHITE.So you take Mediterranean + Eqyptian skin tones and you come out with a shade comparable to HALLE,ZOE,THANDIE,or ALICIA. Sorry Angelina isnt right for this one,folks. Please quit sucking her nipples all the time. She has enough children for that. Hollywood should go out on a limb and cast ALICIA KEYES. The movie would be phenomenal. And attract a an even broader base of people,I think. I understand "the Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe" is a much bigger box office draw,but seriously,its 2010. We've seen 2 films in Hollywoods history where they ignorantly cast a white woman to portray this role. I wouldve thought Hollywood would have grown up by now. Honorable mention goes to a Sunday night tv movie from about a little over 10 years ago where they did have a woman with these physical attributes portray her. I cant remember her name,sadly,as she didnt stick around in the Hollywood game,but physically she was the perfect Cleopatra as well.

  25. 25

    This is genius. No woman could compare to Elizabeth Taylor's beauty and screen presence except for Angelina Jolie. Hopefully, they will do this story justice, as the one in the sixties was a disappointment.

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    Re: Angyl Valantino – Wrong again. Cleo was not a descendent of Alexander the Great, she was a descendent of one of his generals, who, like Alexander, was Macedonian, not Mediterranean. Many Macedonians, Alexander being one of them, were blond.

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    Re: TRicks720 – Uh, apparently you need to check your history: Cleo was GREEK

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    Re: Angyl Valantino – I am of 100% mediterranean ancestry - southern Italian and Lebanese - and my skin is what you would call "lily white". People very frequently assume that I am Greek. Mediterranean people are not as you describe. Yes, there are darker skin tones, but there are still very light complexions as well. I don't know what you mean by "various dark shades" but a full-blooded mediterranean person will never have skin that could be mistaken for "black". I don't mean this as an insult, but the distinction needs to be made.

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    Re: TRicks720 – NO! You learn YOUR history!

    And not on Wikipidia! Cleopatra was WHITE!!! And had BLONE hair, & GREEN eyes!

    She came from GREECE. HER FATHER WAS ptolemaic the tenth, who was a descendant of the original one who was a right hand man of Alexander the Great. When HE got Egypt they took over the 'lifestyle' of keeping the blood in the family. So brothers married sisters or cousins. There is strong believed that Cleopatra (who is actually Cleopatra the 7th) did not have A SINGLE drop of Egyptian blood in her.

    And for those of you that know who Alexander the Great was he took over 90% off the known world at the time. He also came from the side of Greece where EVERYONE was blonde, with green eyes. Thu Cleopatra. She wore a black wig for ceremonial things, thus was tradition. Most rulers of Egypt did. Including Ramsay.

  30. 30

    If Angelina is playing Cleopatra i will not see this movie. Its very insaulting there are THOUSANDS of ethnic actresses that could have played this part. I would have prefered Penelope Cruz , Halle Berry or Rachel Weisz for this role someone ETHNIC.

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    this is disrespectful to africans, the bitch was mulatto and most likely resembled leona lewis. smh whats next george clooney playing obama in a biopic? hollywood is a joke

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    Re: TRUTH-TELLER – I think Pene has a good look for the role. I also won't watch it with Angelina, totally uninspired casting

  34. 34

    Re: Angyl Valantino – I also want to add that while Alicia Keyes is a gorgeous woman, she doesn't look remotely mediterranean. Even Angie is a better fit, and believe me, Angie is not a good fit.

  35. 35

    Re: DaRockz – No, it's disrespectful to all the people in between white and black who have to listen to this ridiculous argument when neither is right

  36. 36

    i want a modern Cleopatra film, but minus Angelina…It's too expected and Angelina Jolie is too old for the part…I think they should cast Lourdes Leon (Madonna's daughter) as a young Cleopatra and then cast Rachel Weiss as a grown-up Cleopatra…I think that would be perfect casting…LOURDES LEON for CLEOPATRA!

  37. 37

    BTW everyone, even Egyptologists and scholors don't know for sure if Cleopatra was of the Ptolemaic/Greek (white) ethnicity or if she had black in her heritage (like her sister did, whose mother was nubien). So really, this part can go Either the mediterranean way (think Italian, Greek, Morrocan, Jewish, Arab, Middle Eastern) or black/north african. We do know that she had a unique beauty (not classically beautiful), but she had a beautifully eloquent voice that was "pleasant to the ear".

  38. 38

    Anything with Angelina Jolie in it as Cleopatra is going to be the best movie ever!

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    Re: TRUTH-TELLER – We all have ethnicity. The word 'ethnic' does not denote a person of colour.

  40. @v@ says – reply to this


    Is she auditioning for the adder?

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    Again, HALF African DOES NOT MEAN Half Black. I have had to study Cleopatra extensively for school. "Egyptologists" DO know for a fact she was half Greek, and HALF Egyptian. It was recorded in history that she was light skinned, had black hair, a nice figure and green eyes. That's the extent of their "Documented" knowledge as far as how she looked. It was never officially stated by the Egyptians that she was particularly beautiful, just that she was exotic because of these features given her mixed heritage. The ancient Egyptian's rarely documented opinions such as "degrees of beauty" in their culture for various reasons, one being that they were a heavily ornamental culture so the true appearance of a person under all of it was not widely known, with the exception of skin tones, eye and hair color. What I mean by ornamental is they wore elaborate headdresses, wigs, make up, and jewelry. Even the common people were ornamental in these ways, although not as elaborate as the nobility and royalty.

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    Re: TRicks720 – Cleopatra was actually of Greek heritage. She was not black. She was descended from Ptolemy, who was one of Alexander the Greats generals. How about you check YOUR history.

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    Re: DaRockz – Cleopatra wasn't black. Do your research before you go making an idiot of yourself on the internet for the entire world to see.

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    Re: mellypie – She was queen of Egypt - Egypt is part of Africa. Whether or not she was African descent can be up for debate but she was African. Just like I'm AMERICAN but I'm not native indian. Are you? Well, are you American? Why? Cuz you live in America maybe?

    And NO, I don't think Jesus is black, you fucking bigot. He was a Jew.

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    I don't agree with Angelina playing Cleopatra. She WAS a women of color….meaning of mixed nationalities…..she was NOT WHITE!!!!

    I like how some of you like to rewrite history and turn it to your favor….For once I would like to see the role of Cleopatra portrayed properly and not by an all white actress.

  46. 46

    Obviously some people have confused Cleopatra with Nefertiti on here.

  47. 47

    I LOVE Egyptology but I couldn't disagree more with the casting of Angelina Jolie..Cameron is disappointing-not caring about historical relevance but box office numbers-SUCH A SHAME.

    I REFUSE to see this movie, it's an insult to fans of Egypt, descendents of hers..and MUCH more exotic AGE APPROPRIATE women who would be better at the role.

    Hollywood doesn't care about the QUALITY of films anymore- only how much money they can pump into promoting it and using gimmicks like 3D. We need REAL directors, like we had in Old Hollywood/ French Film Noir

  48. pinki says – reply to this


    lol…the comment on the pic!
    Cleopatra was a Greek Ptolemaic and therefore had the same olive skin tone of all Greeks today.
    Cleopatra was not black I'm afraid, you can check her history on wiki.

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    I hope Mr Cameron chooses Angelina and my wish is that she does what is expected and stinks up the movie. Double whammy , put and end to her career for once and maybe it will shut that assholes mouth up. Cameron is a wanna be activist who does not contribute financially to the issues he claims to be an expert on . Stay the hell out of issues you know nothing about .

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    guys, stop nit-picking. She was white.
    Not white like Brad Pitt, but very light. NOT black, not brown, not tanned, not a dark shade, but White. She had a SLIGHT tint to her, but that was the Greek in her. Think of a white person with a bit of a tan from outside, or even Isreal type white.