Gal Gadot says her version of Cleopatra will be both “sexy” and “smart”.
The 36-year-old star will play the ruler of Ancient Egypt in a new movie that will be producer by her ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins and gave fans a teaser of what to expect from her take on the character.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, Gal said: “I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story. We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today.”
The historical figure has been portrayed on the big screen a number of times – most notably by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 movie ‘Cleopatra’ – but Gal says that Kari Skogland’s project will be different from those that have come before.
She explained: “I’ve watched all the Cleopatra movies throughout history but I feel like we’re telling the story the world needs to hear now.”
The casting of the Israeli actress caused a backlash when it was announced, as people argued that an Arab or African star should have taken on the part.
Gal hit back at the critics by insisting that Cleopatra – whose race has been subject to debate amongst historians – was actually from Macedonia but the right Macedonian actress “wasn’t there”.
The ‘Red Notice’ star said: “First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian.
“We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there. And I was very passionate about Cleopatra.
“I have friends from across the globe, whether they’re Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish, of course … People are people. And with me, I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honour this amazing historic icon that I admire so much.”