Brad Pitt may join Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra biopic?
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Finally, a role the fits Hollywood’s reigning queen, Angelina Jolie.
The beautiful A-lister, who later this summer will don her action duds for Sony’s spy thriller “Salt,” is set to star in a biography of Cleopatra, the queen of the Nile. The film will be adapted from a pending biography, “Cleopatra: A Life,” penned by Pulitzer prize-winner Stacy Schiff. Even though the book won’t be on shelves until the fall, The Guardian UK reports that producer Scott Rudin has snatched up the film rights and has tapped Jolie for the lead role.
“The movie is being developed for and with Jolie,” a spokesperson for Rudin told the Guardian
According to the story, Schiff already has endorsed Jolie for the part, and went so far as to say Brad Pitt would make an excellent Mark Antony, Cleopatra’s mate. Of course, this would echo the casting of real-life lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s 1963 film, though that movie is largely considered a bust due to its massive budget.
While I think Jolie is perfect for the role of Cleopatra, and a big-budget treatment of the queen’s life can only benefit by casting her in the lead, I don’t see Pitt joining her. Yes, it would be similar to the actor’s “Troy,” which scored big dollars on the global box-office scale. But the white-hot spotlight of a Pitt-Jolie coupling could instantly undo the goodwill earned by Jolie’s casting.
The couple has said they’d like to work together again — they met while filming “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” notoriously — but that feels like lip service. Any project that dares to cast the megastars together is going to have to contend with constant media scrutiny from the tabloid journalists, and if I’m Rudin (or any producer or director), I don’t want or need that kind of headache.
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