Actress Gal Gadot can’t wait for you to see her new film, “Cleopatra.”
Although the “Wonder Woman” actress was originally set to work with “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, on the project, Jenkins has since stepped back to work on “Wonder Woman 3” and the first “Star Wars” film since 2019, titled “Rogue Squadron.”
Marvel fans were delighted when “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” director Kari Skogland was announced to take over as director, although Jenkins will still stay on as producer.
As Variety reported, Gadot’s casting in December 2020 did not come without controversy. There was some backlash about the Israeli actress playing the Egyptian Queen of the Nile. This isn’t the first time the casting of Cleopatra has faced controversy: the same outrage occurred when Elizabeth Taylor was cast as Cleopatra in Joseph L. Mankiewicz‘s 1963 film of the same name.
However, the “Red Notice” actress couldn’t be more excited to play “Cleopatra” in the upcoming film.
Gal Gadot’s ‘Cleopatra’ Will Tell ‘The Story The World Needs To Hear’
In a recent interview with InStyle magazine, Gadot couldn’t reveal many details about the plot, but she did reveal that it’s going to show many different sides to the iconic historical figure.
“I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story,” Gadot said. “We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today.”
She added, “I’ve watched all the ‘Cleopatra’ movies throughout history, but I feel like we’re telling the story the world needs to hear now.”
Gadot had previously defended her casting in an interview with BBC Arabic, saying, “First of all, if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.”
“I have friends from across the globe, whether they’re Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish of course,” Gadot continued.
“People are people, and with me, I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honor this amazing historic icon that I admire so much,” she added. “You know, anybody can make this movie, and anybody can go ahead and do it. I’m very passionate that I’m going to do my own too.”
“Cleopatra” isn’t the only project that Gadot is looking forward to. She is also expected to start filming “Wonder Woman 3” next year.
Gal Gadot Returns As Wonder Woman In ‘Wonder Woman 3’
December 2020 was a great month for fans of the 36-year-old actress. Not only was she announced as the lead in “Cleopatra,” but “Wonder Woman 3” was announced shortly after “Wonder Woman: 1984” hit theaters.
In a statement, Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said, “We are excited to be able to continue [Wonder Woman’s] story with our real-life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy.”
In November 2021, Gadot told Variety that she didn’t have a timeline as to when the movie was going to come out but confirmed that they were working on a script.
Although actor Chris Pine all but confirmed that his time with “Wonder Woman” was done shortly after his casting for the sequel was announced in 2019, fans have their fingers crossed that his character might return in a flashback scene.
Even if he doesn’t return, fans are on the edge of their seats as they wait for the original “Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter to reprise her role as Asteria. Although Carter only had a brief cameo at the end of the last film, her role in the third film of the franchise is rumored to be a lot bigger.
At the DC Fandome event in October 2021, Carter told an enthusiastic audience, “Who would have thought in my life — at this time in my life — that this gift would just present itself to me, and that’s so cool.”
“And that’s what I’m hoping for all of the fans of Wonder Woman,” she continued. “To know that your life is full of surprises, and the Wonder Woman in you is alive and well.”
“Wonder Woman 3” is expected to start filming in 2023. There is no anticipated release date available at this time.