Gal Gadot to star in Cleopatra biopic, saying: 'I love the thrill of bringing new stories to life'

12 October 2020, 10:59 | Updated: 12 October 2020, 12:07

Gal Gadot will star as Cleopatra in a new biopic about the Ancient Egyptian ruler, reuniting with her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.

The 35-year-old Fast And Furious star confirmed the news on Twitter.

"I love embarking on new journeys, I love the excitement of new projects, the thrill of bringing new stories to life," the Israeli actress wrote.

"Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time. Can't be more grateful about this A team!!"

The screenplay will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis, who wrote the 2004 epic historical drama Alexander starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie.

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor previously starred as the Queen of the Nile in the 1963 film Cleopatra, where she first met her fifth husband, Welsh actor Richard Burton, who played Mark Antony.

Despite winning four Oscars, the Joseph Mankiewicz-directed film nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox.

Gadot, who has been ranked as one of the world's highest-paid actresses, came up with the idea for the film, according to Deadline.

Gadot and Jenkins previously worked together on Wonder Woman and the upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984.

However, the release date for the film has been pushed back because of the pandemic.

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Jenkins has said she is committed to opening the film in cinemas, writing on Twitter: "Direct to streaming is not even being discussed.

"We are still 100% behind the theatrical experience for #WW84 and supporting our beloved theatre business."