Gal Gadot shared this picture. (courtesy gal_gadot)
- Gal Gadot is best known for playing Wonder Woman
- Gal Gadot announced her connection to the project on social media
- Many users requested an Egyptian or Arabic actress to play the role
The casting of Israeli star Gal Gadot as Cleopatra in an upcoming Hollywood movie seems to have sparked many on social media. Ms. Gadot, who will reunite with her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for the film, announced in a tweet shared on Sunday that she, Ms. Jenkins, and writer Laeta Kalogridis “will be breaking up the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt the canvas will bring a way like it has never been seen before. For the first time telling her story through the eyes of women, both behind and in front of the camera. “Gal Castot’s casting is seen as problematic by some on Twitter.
Cleopatra, a female pharaoh of ancient Egypt who was immortalized through history, legend, and Shakespeare, is believed to be of Macedonian Greek descent. This would not make her ethnically very different from Gal Gadot, who is also of European ancestry and, in fact, is best known for playing Diana or Wonder Woman, a superhero with origins mirroring Greek mythology. However, many on social media called for an Egyptian or Arab actress to play the role. She didn’t seem to know what historians consider to be the ethnic identity and legacy of real Cleopatra.
Criticism of the cast of Gal Gadot as Cleopatra led to a tweet from journalist Sameera Khan, who asked why Hollywood thought it was “a good idea to have an Israeli actress as Cleopatra (a very boring looking one) instead of a stunning Arab actress like Nadine Occupy Njeim. “” Some other tweets in a similar fashion now appear to have been deleted. Here is one that is still active:
Sameera Khan has received repeated training online, as have others:
The Israel-Palestine conflict, Zionism or the movement to create a Jewish state in an area that includes Palestine, and the biblical exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt were also called on Twitter.
This is Gal Gadot’s tweet announcing the Cleopatra project:
Cleopatra, a figure of history and legend, is said to have fascinated both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. She has been the subject of several film works, most notably a 1963 Hollywood film in which she was played by Elizabeth Taylor.
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