October 2020

Gal Godot's Cleopatra Casting Draws Criticism

Gadot is teaming up with 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins and Paramount studios for a re-imagining of the story of Egypt's most famous queen. As you might have heard I teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. , Gal Gadot, Twitter, via 'USA Today'.To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera ... Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time, Gal Gadot, Twitter, via 'USA Today'.The casting of the Israeli actress and not an actress of Arab descent has drawn criticism on social media. I’m so sick of casting white actors and Israelis as pharaohs and arab roles! Gal Gadot shouldn’t be Cleopatra, @MoeDihani, Twitter, via 'USA Today'.I would love a Cleopatra who's darker than a brown paper bag, because that seems a bit more historically accurate, @MorganJerkins, Twitter, via 'USA Today'.Others on Twitter pointed out that "Cleopatra was Greek.".Yes, she was in Egyptian ruler but she was Greek with Persian and Syrian ancestry. The people who are reacting negatively that to this are uneducated and uninformed, @BlackMajokMan90, Twitter, via 'USA Today'