The hero of Themyscira is now the queen of Egypt.
Over the weekend, Gal Gadot, well-known for her role as Dianna of Tehmyscira, AKA Wonder Woman, announced over the weekend that she has been tapped for an even more royal role: the legendary queen of the Nile, Cleopatra. Specifically, the version of Cleopatra from the classic 1963 film starring Elizabeth Taylor.
As you might have heard I teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera. pic.twitter.com/k5eyTIfzjB
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 12, 2020
As she mentioned in her tweet, Gadot will be joined on this project by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. Additionally, Laeta Kalogridis, lead writer of films like Shutter Island and Alita: Battle Angel will be brought on as well.
Kalogridis gushed on her Twitter about the project, saying that Cleopatra is her “favorite Ptolemaic Pharoah and arguably the most famous Macedonian Greek woman in history.”
For the little Greek girl from central Florida who ran around in a cape pretending to be Diana of Themyscira, there’s only a LITTLE pressure here.
— Laeta Kalogridis (@LKalogridis) October 11, 2020
Gadot also added a shoutout to celebrate the #InternationalDayoftheGirl hashtag on Twitter, saying “We hope women and girls all around the world, who aspire to tell stories will never give up on their dreams and will make their voices heard, by and for other women.”
No word yet on when this new film is actually coming out.