The lead actress for the new film about Queen Cleopatra Philopator VII has been confirmed as Gal Gadot, best known for her role as Wonder Woman. The movie is highly anticipated and set to release in 2025, with a promotional poster recently reigniting interest. Gadot aims to offer a unique perspective on the historical figure, who was previously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film, Cleopatra. However, some individuals have raised concerns about an Israeli actress playing the iconic queen.
In a recent interview, Gal Gadot shared her excitement about her upcoming role as Cleopatra and expressed her admiration for the ancient Egyptian ruler as a strong female leader. She aims to showcase a different side of Cleopatra, beyond her reputation as a seductive woman who had relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. While some critics have raised concerns over Gadot’s casting, suggesting that a Macedonian Greek actress should have been chosen instead, Gadot has defended her role by highlighting that Cleopatra was of Macedonian descent and she is passionate about honoring this historic icon. Cleopatra VII Philopator remains one of the most well-known figures from antiquity, having reigned over ancient Egypt as the last pharaoh during a politically tumultuous period between 51 and 30 BC. Known for her diplomatic and strategic prowess, she successfully navigated the challenges of the Roman Republic while maintaining Egypt’s independence.