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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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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • June 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    Angelina is too OLD and WHITE to protray Cleopatra. Here is my cast selection: Robert Denario as Caesar . Exceptional Italian American Actor, Age Appropriate, and protray an exceptional Roman World Leader. Antonio Banderas as Mark Anthony Hisipanic bronze skin would light up the romantic sceens in this movie, Buff, and Tough Roman Soldier Uniform would look Delicous on him. Exceptional Actor and Age Appropriate. Last but not least; Zoe Saldana as Cleopatra Exceptional Actress, stared in Avatar, Star Trek, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Zoe is age appropriate-young, proper skin tone not too dark, not too light just the right color to protray a Northern African Black Queen. In addition according to historical records that describe Queen Cleopatra’s boy like body figure, petite when she was unrolled out of the carpet before Caesar. She has all of the phsyical attributes to protray a TRUE depiction of Cleopatra. Instead of complaining about the insane cast of this movie that will flop unless, those in power decide to hire the proper actors and actress to make the movie more Factual verses Fictional. This is my resolution to resolving this hillarious casting issue. Which will generate a broad audience spectrum from Black, Hispanic,Italian/white(s) to attend this movie. THE END!

  • June 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    Im afraid i have to make the point that all evidence points to the fact that cleopatra would have been macedonian. personaly i think some of the suggestions made for the black actresses are alot more attractive than angelina jolie so dont think im sticking up for angelina jolie for her atractiveness. but cleopatra was almost certainly macedonion looking. now if it was a couple of thousands of years earlier and we were talking about the queen pharoh Hatshepsut, then yes she was 100% african. tho even in this case to say she looked like most african amaricans whos ancestors come mainly from west africa would be wrong, she probably looked like most egyptians today. and to say because they are both african means they look alike is as stupid as to say indain people and chinese people must look the same because they both come from the asian continent. now ive been to egypt 3 times and from what ive seen in the far south of egypt it is mostly people known as nubians (who were also once pharohs but not at the time of cleopatras dynasty) who are dark skin and look like sudanese and etheopians. you go a bit further north and in central egypt there seems to be a dark almost redish tone to peoples skin with a near eastern look to the peoples features and on the cost, there is a near easern/mediterainian look with lighter skin. so i have to agree that cleopatra herself would have been a light skinned macedonian, however the egyptians of the time would of been mostly a fairly dark skinned near eastern look (this is confiirmed by depictations in the painting found in their buildings) and of course as there is today there is the very dark skinned nubians who bordered the south of egypt.

  • July 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    First of all, this man should have done his homework before deciding to make this film, I mean what is so hard for people to try something new, and actually go to the country and find a new, rare actress. Instead of using the same died beats, for each role! I swear America is the biggest hyprocrites, and so arent the producers in Hollywood, they are so afraid that a black women, or a women of color; might out shine a white women. Scott is not doing justices to this movie, but creating the movie to benefit Western America ego! I am so disappointed, that this is the 21st century, and we are still ignorant to out cultural knowledge outside the American, Western walls! I will not support this movie, and I will have other women of color not to support this movie. Not, until they start protraying people historically corrected. Besides, Cleoptra is Ethopian, therefore Scott, go to Ethopia and let me know, what women over in that country looks like a pasty white women.. No tan will have bring forth the true essence of Cleoptra!

  • July 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    sorry Amanda but have you ever been to egypt, or greece for that matter. and where did you get the idia that cleoptra was ethopian?

  • January 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    STOP falling for the Jolie ‘race issue’ –it’s a distraction designed for the slaves.
    PAY ATTENTION to the globalist eugenics predicitve programming for mainstrreaming
    ‘suicide culture’.

    It’s called emotive sequencing and involves programming you via emotional sequences.

    Oprah did this decades ago enabling the globalists to mainstream the extermination
    of the unborn as ‘legitimate’ lifestyle. You can’t deny it.

    Jolie, with her anorexic opiated manner and slave tatoos really is the perfect choice
    for mainlining suicide.

    You’lll moan and sigh “Oh hoiw beautiful, moving and sad…” and so it will slip
    deeply deeply into you and become part of your own unconscious script for
    future reference.

    Jolie IS the perfect choice for this latest soft-porn retread.

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