James Cameron may no longer be attached to a new big-screen adaptation of Cleopatra’s life, but “The Tourist” star Angelina Jolie is still considering tackling the tale of the complex Egyptian ruler. While there hasn’t been much progress on the news front for that film, Jolie expressed her excitement about the idea of taking on the role once famously played by Elizabeth Taylor.
“I hope to one day [play her], but we don’t have it all together,” she told MTV News at the New York premiere of “The Tourist,” where she was joined by her co-stars Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany, as well as her beau, Brad Pitt. “All the pieces are not together.”
Jolie said that if everything does eventually fall into place (rumor has it real-life love Brad Pitt may play the part paralleling Richard Burton’s role in the Taylor film), she thinks there will be a great story to tell. “I think there’s a lot about her history that’s not been explored and properly done,” she added.
Egyptian queen Cleopatra had a steamy love affair with Roman leader Mark Antony that ended with both committing suicide.
Cameron also recently spoke of his excitement about Jolie potentially playing the part. “There’s a Cleopatra project in the works, meaning that it’s been in development at Sony,” he explained about the Brian Helgeland-penned script. Helgeland won an Oscar for his adaptation of “L.A. Confidential.”
“And it’s a subject that’s always fascinated me. So yeah, I’ve been talking to them about it but no decisions have been made. But it sounds hot, doesn’t it? I mean, Angelina Jolie and Cleopatra? To me, that’s like a slam dunk. Whether I wind up doing it or not, I think it’s going to be a great project,” the “Avatar” director said.
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