David Fincher Being Lined Up to Direct Angelina Jolie in 'Cleopatra'

March 22, 2011
Source: Deadline

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Last summer we heard producer Scott Rudin was looking to deliver Cleopatra, a biopic on the famous Egyptian queen based on Stacy Schiff's best-selling biography Cleopatra: A Life. At one time James Cameron was interested in the project before he decided to focus on the two Avatar sequels, but now Rudin is looking to the director of his Best Picture nominated film The Social Network to take over. Deadline reports Sony is in talks with David Fincher to take over the project that still has Angelina Jolie attached to play Cleopatra herself. Apparently this will be the first time the story has been told from the queen's perspective.

So how likely is it that Fincher will end up directing the film? Well, apparently the issue will be Fincher's future slate and scheduling the project around his other commitments. Fincher is currently hard at work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but there are two more installments in the Millennium Trilogy that he's supposed to direct (Steve Zaillian is already adapting The Girl Who Played with Fire). In addition, Fincher is also supposed to be at the helm of Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. At this point anything can happen, but the logistics of this deal are currently being figured out with Fincher hopefully directing. This would definitely amp up my interest in the project. How about you?

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  • WB Exec
    He should direct a movie about Twitter next
  • Marcus
    This could turn out to be great. Not so sure about Jolie in the title role, but she may just be perfect in it.
  • jah p
    This is some straight bullshit!!Hollywood please take note:This is not 1950!!First Eliz Taylor and now this bullshit? Halle Berry, Zoe Zaldana, Paula Patton, Jessica Lucas, would have been perfect, and here we are again with a white woman playing Cleopatra! Don't get me wrong I love Angelina, she's a great actress, but c'mon! From the word made famous by Mike Tyson, this is "Ludicrous"!!
    • Anonymous
      Get over it. In 50 years or so another Cleopatra will be made and your gripes may be answered.
      • jah p
        No you get over it! You got a problem with what I said X?what's different from what I said opposed to all these fanboys pissing and moaning over white actors being cast in Akira?So shut up!
        • Cracky
          You've got a point, man.
        • Anonymous
          Wow chill out. Its happening, accept it. Would I prefer an actress who looks more the part? Sure, but that's not happening now, Jolie can and is an actress that can carry a title role, don't believe me go watch "Changeling."
          • Cody W.
            Salt was totally underrated IMO too.
          • jah p
            Like I said earlier, I love Angelina, she's great in everything she does, but I'd prefer not to see her portray Cleopatra, I"d rather have someone a bit more exotic looking!
  • Can't say that I'm excited for this or the Tattoo girl remake.
  • John
    Hey Jah, Cloepatra was Greek, during the greek occupation of Egypt!
    • jah p
      whatever john, still bad casting!
  • John
    Yeah whatever about the facts, yeah whatever! Lose an argument, whatever. :p
  • no longer epic
    After shows like the recent Spartacus, which have many hours to develop interesting characters and story, it's hard to get excited by a two- three-hour biopic movie like this anymore.
  • rick
    The black girls should play Cleopatra is Paula Patton, Kerry Washington, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessica Lucas




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