Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Angelina Jolie will play Cleopatra

One of the ancient world's most famous women will be portrayed one of the the most famousin the modern world. It's been confirmed that Angelina Jolie has signed on to portray the Queen of the Nile herself: Cleopatra.

Jolie will be taking on role in an upcoming adapation of author Stacy Schiff's historical biogrpahy, Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life.

Michael Pietsch, publisher of Schiff's book (which isn't even due out until this November) confirmed the news to Us Weekly, saying "Angelina Jolie radiates grace and power, exactly the qualities that Stacy Schiff finds in her biography of the most intriguing ruler who ever lived."

Schiff herself agreed, telling the New York Daily News, "I think she'd be perfect for it and I can see a possible Oscar in her future," Schiff said.

It's not the first time the ruler's life has been adapated for the big screen. The 1963 epic Cleopatra featured Elizabeth Taylor, during the height of her fame, playing opposite her real-life lover Richard Burton, who portrayed Roman general Marc Antony.

At the time, the movie was most expensive film production in history, costing $44 million dollars, or nearly $310 millon in today's dollars. It's still considered the second most expensive movie ever produced, behind only the $315 million spent on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007.

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