Scott Rudin Wants Angelina Jolie for a New Cleopatra Biopic
She's going epic. Found in a USA Today update (via Collider) today was a very brief but interesting mention about an adaptation of historical biography called Cleopatra: A Life, written by Stacy Schiff. Apparently Oscar winning producer Scott Rudin has optioned the rights and is working on an adaptation that "is being developed for and with [Angelina] Jolie." So now there's some casting buzz today that Angelina Jolie may play Cleopatra in this. Schiff says "physically, she's the perfect look," even though earlier she mentions that "we have little idea of what she actually looked like." So we just pick the most attractive actress we can find!
Beyond that confirmation from Rudin, we don't really know anything else about this project - who is writing, who may direct, how soon it'll happen, anything like that. Instead, here's a quick look at what Schiff's book is all about: "Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world… Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life." We'll let you know if we hear more about this.