June 11th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

Angelina Jolie as the next 'Cleopatra'?

Before there was Brangelina, there was "Marcopatra." Now the Queen of Hollywood is set to play the Queen of the Nile on the big screen.

Stacy Schiff, author of the upcoming bio "Cleopatra: A Life," said that while no one is absolutely certain of what Cleo actually looked like, she thinks Jolie could definitely fill the sandals of the Egyptian royal.

Physically, she's the perfect look, Schiff told USA Today of the star. Hollywood clearly agrees: Producer Scott Rudin bought the rights to Schiff's book, and the project "is being developed for and with Jolie," his reps confirmed.

Meanwhile, expect some comparisons between Jolie, 35, and Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor, 78, played Cleo in the 1963 movie, and, like Jolie, reportedly broke up a favorite Tinseltown twosome: Brad Pitt allegedly left his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie, while singer Eddie Fisher ditched wife Debbie Reynolds for Taylor.


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  1. Marlise

    The Europeans were still cave dwellers when Cleopatra walked the Earth. Don't believe the Elizabeth Taylor hype. Cleopatra was indeed African with an African appearance. No Rudy, It was not at a crossroads and no jay there was no difference between their features and others of African descent. That is why Napolean shot off the noses when he played conquering hero in Egypt. That is the "fact". Look it up. As the quote goes, "The true story of the hunt will only be known when the lion tells the story." Last time I read, it wasn't the lions telling the story.

    September 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Huh? The Europeans were still cave dwellers in the First Century BC? The Europeans were still cave dwellers thousands of years after the building of Stonehenge? The Europeans were still cave dwellers hundreds of years after the Greeks first held the Olympic Games, Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey, and Alexander the Great (a European) conquered Egypt? The Europeans were will cave dwellers at the height of the Roman Empire, with aqueducts and indoor plumbing available for the masses? Give me a break. Even Hunter-Gathers lived in tents and other kinds of portable homes, not in caves.

      And no, Cleopatra was not an African with an African appearance. She was a Greek woman of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. The Ptolemys were famous for in-breeding, not for injections of new blood and certainly not for mixed marriage. Yes, Egyptian statues do make Cleopatra look Egyptian. But Egyptian statues were so stylized that they would make Queen Elizabeth II look Egyptian. The far more accurate painted Greco-Roman statues of the period (you know, the same kind as the ones that made Julius Caesar look like Julius Caesar, Antinous look like Antinous and Augustus look like Augustus) show Cleopatra as having red hair, blue eyes and European features.

      September 26, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sherian

    Tammy: It takes 2 to tango, if the the Jennifer and Brad marriage was so wonderful and perfect then there would be no Brad and Angelina today. Jen A needs to stop crying in her wine, millions of women get divorced and none go on TV and cry on Oprah like she did. She is very needy and no man likes a needy woman.

    September 24, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. proudmom

    First of all, I'm black and I think Jolie is a wonderful actress. No one knows the true description of Cleopatra. We only know what is written so assumptions were made. At the end of the day, its the quality of the actor/actress portraying the role. If it was a good black actress I would still go and see it. The Karate Kid was Italian, but Will Smith's son played the role and it was a cute movie.WHO CARES!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlise

      But the Karate Kid was not a real historical figure. That's not a good analogy or comparison.

      September 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    It is now clear to me that the average American is plumb freaking stupid. All of this whining about how the role of Ceopatra should be played by a woman of color. Did you idiots ever study Greek or Egyptian history?

    Cleopatra was not Egyptian of Egyptian heritage. She was of European heritage. So an American actress of European heritage makes perfect sense from a historical perspective. All of this "black bias" babbling about Jolie playing cleo not only makes people sound like whiners, it proves they did not pay attention during World Civ class.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tonie234

    Cleopatra was not black nor Egyptian. She was white of Greek-Macedonian origins. She belonged to the Ptolemaic Dynasty, kings and queens who were of European origins and inbred to preserve their bloodline. So having Jolie play her or Taylor are historically accurately cast as far as 'race' goes given Cleopatra was as European as her Greek name is. Plus she came from a Greek Dynasty who were known for their fair coloring. Auburn/reddish hair and fair skin coloring was commons among the Ptolemies.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deDeurs

    Why make movies over and over again of a plump woman with a beaky nose (look up the authentic Cleopatra coin) who sold her body, soul and country to the ruler of the then superpower? She had a fling with Julius Caesar, she had an affair with Marc Anthony, and I doubt if she, opportunist, really loved them (Cleo Taylor at least loved her Marc Burton like crazy). In the end Cleo and Marc lost a sea battle and she couldn't stand the defeat and committed suicide. How haughty!

    The Cleopatra era is in fact one of the more boring chapters of History, and perhaps for that was hugely romanticized. To which 2000 years later glammy Liz Taylor added a lot, well, she indeed looked stunning in her exotic make-up and gowns and wigs. The make-up she designed herself, the wardrobe was by Irene Sharaff and unfortunately far too Beverly Hills. What's worse- Liz' acting and line deliveries in that lavish movie were stunningly disastrous. In that respect Angela will probably do better. We may just hope that Marc Anthony won't be played by Brad!

    O, by the way. Taylor is not just a Caucasian; she's a British Jew. But don't tell it to the Egyptians. At the moment they're not chummy with the Jews. So Miss Jolie, whip out your family tree and make sure you're Hellenic a lot!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Remy

    Um, Cleopatra was not black, she was Greek!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. nasra

    Give me a break!! Is Liz Taylor black?? Directors go for talented actresses not just name and beauty. I agree the world is full of beautiful actresses but not talented. Angie is always on top of Directors' lists of actresses-dont pretend you don't know the reason-.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dani

    I liked Angelina Jolie in 'Hackers'

    June 14, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. tm

    it's hilarious that a post about angelina jolie playing cleopatra generated so many comments.

    June 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mae

    Amazing how people just can't let the past go. What losers. Jennifer Aniston moved on, why can't you? That being said, while Jolie may do a good job at playing the part, why tap an actress to play cleopatra, who is so darn pale? Cleo was not caucasian and it would be nice to see a few more accurate movies come out of the states. For once, why can't hollywood take the audience back in time to something we can view more historically accurate.

    June 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paulie

    There was a scene in the Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston where a dance was performed by Egyptians and they were black or at least had very dark skin. Even a female rival of Nefretiri was played by a black actress. If they recognized blacks as Egyptians back in the fifties when this movie was made, then out come some of you are having a hard time recognizing it today. This new Cleopatra role should go to a woman of color....Case closed!!!

    June 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      Paulie, if Cleopatra had been black then I would agree and say yes, it should go to a black woman. But she wasn't black. She was Greek. This has been well established for centuries. Read first, rage your opinions later.

      http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Bios/CleopatraVII.html

      June 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pamela

    How about the truth for a change Hollywood. Egyptians back then were essentially Black! What about Haley Berry playing the role.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robby

    Angelina would be a beautiful Cleo! Liz Tayor was magnifiecent in 1963. Now, for all the black forum writers: Cleo was GREEK! NOT black, not Egyption, not nubian...she was a caucasian Greek! Read your history! Blacks were slaves at her reign, that we know. I am nor condoning it but let's NOT reverse history to accomodate YOUR history! I am NOT white by the way. Yes, there are many beautiful black actresses but the majority are HALF-black: Halle, Alicia Keyes, Maya Rudolph, etc. I would pay to see Angelina – she is very good looking & talented!

    June 13, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • iho

      So what you're essentially saying is that a black actress is only beautiful if she is half-black.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      iho: don't put words in his mouth.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robby

      No, what I am "essentially saying" is that Hollywood usually looks for beauty – the actresses I mention are beautiful and can represent Cleo – because they are half black! Can you use Oprah to represent Cleo? NO!!! It's all about beauty.

      June 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pat

    I love Angelina Jolie! But, I am really shocked that she has been casted as Cleopatra. Cleopatra was a woman of color. I remember when I was a little girl, and I watch Cleopatra staring Elizabeth Taylor. Wow, I was shocked a Caucasian women as Cleopatra. I wonderful why Hollywood cast Caucasian actors in ethnic roles? There are tons female actors women of color that could have been cast for the role of Cleopatra. Moses was played by Charleston Heston in "The 10 Commandments", Jesus was played by Robert Powell in "Jesus of of Nazareth. These roles should have been men of color cast for these roles. History can't be changed!

    June 12, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Please go back and read Grrek & Roman history! You are so incorrect it's bizarre!

      June 13, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Pat, I hate to pop your bubble, but Cleopatra was of Macedonian/Greek ethnicity, not African or even Egyptian. She was descended through one of Alexander the Great's generals, Ptolemy, who took over Egypt after Alexander's death. His empire was split among his generals. She was admired by her subjects because she actually took the time and trouble to learn the Egyptian language and customs rather than ruling as a detached monarch. Here is a link to a Smithsonian article found on the Wikipedia site.
      http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/biography/cleopatra.html

      June 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mary Ann

    Get the actress from Slumdog millinaire,she is young,beautiful and is such a good actress.Jolie is only 35 but looks 50,too many years of being rode hard and put up wet.Hollywood needs new talent instead of yesterdays has beens.

    June 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ed

    Well if Cleo was not black and certainly not white then why did Liz Taylor get the part. As for the new movie being made, why can't a women of color get the part. Why Jolie? Because she'll get the big dollars for the box office that's why. Hollywood could care less about the truth. It's all about $$$ for them. It's a shame because there is an abundance of women of color actresses who are good but are passed over for these big budget movies.

    June 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Not true! Choices are done by beauty and selling potential by Hollywood, not so much by race.

      June 13, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sandy

    lmao @ 'agreed' ... what does being constipated look like ...hehe thats funny. anywayz u guys are all very entertaining ... the depiction of cleopatra is what ACTING is .. depicting a character. Men dressed up as women in the past as a normal part of theatrics .. to play women's roles... what is the matter if a white woman plays cleopatra or if a black woman plays her or a latino or an asian?? I do think cleopatra had dark skin , but then again so does my sister and we are 'white' . omg russel crow was born in new zealand and lived in australia, ...gee what were they thinkin putting him as a 'spaniard' in 'Gladiator' lolol bottom line WHO CARES? Its all just entertainment. I say, if a man can pull it off, THAT'S talent ! :) Maybe Oprah should do it...then again no..i dont think she has the charisma or charm to 'depict' cleopatra as she has been described to us through the years... when is everyone going to stop all this silly fussing and just 'be' ..thanks for the laughs everyone...have a wonderful weekend !!

    June 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Sandy, when a non-white actress get to play a prestigious historical figure, then I'll stop all this silly fussing.

      June 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      well kate, wonder if they would let a non-black person play Oprah in a biography?? Never!

      June 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Sandy, you're right, a non-black person would never play Oprah because she could play herself. She's an actress too. But as you stated, Cleopatra had dark skin. I would like to think they would cast someone of color to play the role. I just wish they would do that.

      June 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Kate, what difference does it really make and why would it make you feel better. Your comments seem racist.

      June 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. kamshamaharaj

    Having spent two weeks in Egypt and going on several personally guided tours, I believe, according to the Egyptians, that Cleopatra was definitely not white, but in fact, somewhat olive toned as some have mentioned. It's widely debated,obviously, but the consensus is that she was in fact someone of colour.
    I totally DISAGREE with the Jolie casting, simply because she doesn't fit. I refuse to believe that the famed Cleopatra looked or moved anything like Jolie. I admire her acting skills, but I am no fan.

    I'd much prefer to see Catherine Zeta Jones, who has something exotic about her at least. The problem lies within the fact that the acting and the look have to come together. Halle Berry was mentioned, but I doubt she has the acting skill for that part. Thandie Newton is lovely and has almost all the qualities as well.

    There are many actresses out there, I'm sure. But this seems a total Jolie vehicle it seems.

    June 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Shel

    As was stated previously, Cleopatra was Greek and therefore not black, so that argument is silly. But, she was 39 when she died, she was not a teenager. She was in her 20's when she had her affair with Ceasar and Mark Antony was after that.

    Angelina could probably pull it off, as she's only in her mid thirties and pretty well preserved considering all the kids she has, lol. (Even if you don't birth them, they age you).

    June 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ummm

    As stated many times before Cleopatra was not black. This is not a slight on blacks. It's the simple truth. The woman was not black. The casting of a black in the role would not have historically accurate merrits. Meaning if the producers of the film want it to be true and an accurate protrayal, the woman cast for the role needs to look the part, thus not black. If the producers want to utilize more creative license, even just in the casting (like what was done with The Wizard of Oz remake) then some of the actresses mentioned before would be fine choices, Hallie Berrie, Angela Basset, etc....

    This is not a racial thing. We're talking about recorded history. There is no evidence to support Cleopatra being black. If there is, please start providing links, otherwise it just sounds like ignorant racial comments.

    June 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Anonymous

    Cleopatra was not black. Any historian will tell you this. She was a Ptolomy for crying out loud with roots from Macedonia. If they want to portray Cleopatra historically, how bout a woman of average beauty with a sharp wit, because that's how Cleopatra has been historically reputed as being. She wasn't gorgeous, but her mind made up for her absence of looks. How in the world people could say Cleopatra was of African descent is mind-boggling.

    June 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. lel410

    I am amazed that this simple article stirred up such a racial debate. What amazes me even more is that I took the time to read all the comments. I'm sick to death of black Americans getting their knickers in a knot because EVERYthing done, made, created or referred to in this country doesn't acknowledge the black population. I'm American Indian and Irish.. and yet, I'm not drinking myself into a stupor complaining about all the land of MY ancestors being stolen. To be brief – get over it. You want a black actress to make a movie about Cleopatra? Get your money togther and make one.

    June 12, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. T. R. Stewart

    Marlene Philemon
    I just want to be sure, of what you are trying to get across. Was Cleopatra a black woman? Holy crow I think I get the point. It is a movie, a damned fiction movie based loosely off an actual person. Perhaps none of those actors you stated was available and Angelina needing a gig signed on. Seriously, this is what you all have decided to care about today? Oh and by the way, I have a picture of Jesus and he is white, yet I go to my best friend’s house and he has pretty much the same picture and he is black spin that however you want. Simple fact is, perception.

    June 12, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  25. Ally

    TJ – not true. White-skinned South Africans are referred to as Africans. And had you read my post, you would have seen that Egypt, while part of Africa, is considered part of the Middle East. So people of all skin colors were there then and are there now.

    It amazes me the lack of education – just like with Italians – everyone has this image of them as dark/olive skinned, dark haired, etc. There are plenty of red-haired, light-skinned Italians too, and there have been for centuries. I'm Italian, and my family ranges from very dark olive skin to white, and they are ALL Italians.

    You can't just point at a country and say "All (country's people) are (whatever) color." For many countries, there is, and always has been, a great variety.

    Again, kids, learn your history.

    June 12, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. TJ

    I love how when anything else that involves dark skin people, they will be referred to African no matter what country in Africa mind you. But now a debate on what color were Eygytians, dark skin people don't get that referral. The last I checked, Egypt is in Africa. I guess Cleopatra is too big of a historian icon to get that referral to Africa.

    June 12, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ally

    Does anyone on this board actually know the real history of Cleopatra? She was Hellenistic, or in other words, GREEK. Cleopatra did, in fact, have light-colored skin. So a light-skinned woman playing Cleopatra is historically accurate.

    Not to mention that Egypt, while part of Africa, is considered part of the Middle East. There was a mix of black and persian people in Egypt. So the skin color during that period of time could easily have ranged from a nice tan to beautiful ebony.

    But the fact still remains – Cleopatra was Greek, and therefore light-skinned. LEARN THE HISTORY!

    June 12, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  28. Angie R

    I love Angie as much as the next girl (what's not to love? She's beautiful, smart and an incredible humanitarian), but the "Queen of Hollywood"? Really? The Queen of Hollywood to me is Meryl Streep, who can make even the simplest role shine and Oscar worthy. Now that's a Queen of Hollywood. Even so, I'm really excited for this movie because I think Angie can pull it off. And I'm buying that book ASAP! I love reading about queens. :]

    June 12, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  29. Marky

    Jolie is a very good actress and doesn't get the credit she should from a lot of people. She does justice to all her roles and would to Cleopatra also.

    All this wrangling about what color Cleopatra was is a result of not really knowing history and basing your opinion on emotion. Simply is not factual. She was Ptolemic and you can carry on about it all day if you like, but you can't change true history. Get over it. I wish I was a direct descendant of Elizabeth I, but she didn't have any and I'm not, so there you go.

    June 12, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  30. TinLV

    Cleopatra wasn't black, she was of Mediterranean descent, not African. I doubt she looked like Liz Taylor or Angelina Jolie, though. Not that it really matters; a great actress/actor can play any part and make you believe in it. I can think of several wonderful Black actresses over the years who could have easily pulled it off. But to be historically accurate, it needs to be someone who looks Greek, with olive skin and an aquiline nose, etc. Hollywood doesn't care about being historically accurate, though, it never has. When Ms Taylor was cast as Cleopatra, I disagreed with the casting, but I understood why she got the part... she was a star, at the time she was the ultimate hollywood star.. and to the powers- that-be, star power is everything. I actually think that movie benefitted more from the Burton/Taylor scandal than it did anything else. It wasn't a very good movie. But back to the present. Angelina is a star; she will bring in more money than an unknown and money is what makes Hollywood go 'round, after all. She's a good actress, though I don't really like her personally. Let's hope the movie is better than the last one.

    June 12, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • funkytown

      Actually, Angelina Jolie has only been bankable in action type films such as the Lara Croft movies, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Wanted. If you look at her track record for other films like Changeling, Alexander, and even Girl, Interrupted (for which she won an Oscar) they didn't fair well at the box office. To put her in a non-action movie is almost all but guaranteeing the box office failure of this movie. That being said, I like her enough but I don't think she should play Cleopatra.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  31. Dani

    Jolie is only 35, not 50! And she would be perfect for the role I think she has the right intensity to play such a role! Eygyptians are a race like african american, mexican, german, etc..not white or black! what such ignorant fools!

    June 12, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  32. mejazzbo

    This sounds like the ridiculous Russian/American debates over everything during the cold war. The Russians say they did everything as did the US. Now everything is about race. Completely boring, unnecessary, and based on ignorance. Black, white, red, yellow, green or blue, it doesn't change the world as it is today and doesn't change anyone's mind. It is simply antagonistic and annoying!

    June 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  33. jue3

    If I said I would not support the work of a white person that married black, I would be cnsidered a racist. How ever its okay for a black person to say not to support cuba, terrence, etc because they married white. Hoq racist. CNN should do a story aboutbeing white in america and allthe allowable and overt racism that is posted. The term white is marginalizes all the cultures that happen to be have been placed in this category. Don't even get me started on the term Caucasian.
    Back to Jolie. Why her? This is the second non"white" role she has played that they could have found a more diverse actress to play. Remember the Marianne Pearl story? I think Ms. Jolie has no concept or acceptance of who she is as a person (not actress).

    June 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AD

      Non-white role? Last I checked, Greeks were considered white people. I say Greeks since that's what Cleopatra was.

      June 12, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  34. Odalice Feliz

    I think she will be the perfect person for that role!!!!! The queen of the nile!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  35. erik

    FAMU University? Thats a historically black university in Florida, not surprising they have an Afrocentrist view on Cleopatra.

    You should look up the works of Zahi Hawass, he is pretty much the worlds leading Egyptologist who is actually Egyptian so I would go by what he says about the ethnicity of Ancient Egyptians more so then what is hanging at FAMU.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  36. erik

    Cleopatra was in all likelihood not dark skinned. First of all Ancient Egyptians were not of the same ethnic group that black africans from mid to south africa are. Second she was a direct descendant of Ptolemy and they were Greek and if they followed Egyptian custom at all they all married within the family; it would be unlikely for the rulers to marry their subjects or allow any children they had with a subject to become their heirs.

    There is of course no way to know for certain, but all the artistic and cultural evidence we have from 2000 years ago about them is that she was likely dark haired and olive skinned like the Ancient Greeks. Whether she was a great beauty is another matter.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sonia

    Ptolemy I allied with Alexander the Great. When Alexander died, General Ptolemy resumed power over Egypt. This resulted in a long line of Ptolemys in power as rulers of Egypt. The family followed the Egyptian custom of marrying within the family even though they were of Macedonian and Thraceian heritage. The Cleopatra in this movie will be Cleopatra VII. She is highlighted in red. Here is a link to her family tree: http://library.thinkquest.org/C003877F/English/pages/Characters/Family_t2.htm#
    This being said, I never liked Ms. Jolie, she should stick to Lara Croft type movies.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mary Ann

    Why Jolie? There are so many more beautiful and talented then she is.She is not ageing well and always looks like she needs a bath.Pick a fresh face with talent.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Barbara

    What about Haley Berry?

    June 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. No WAY

    Angelina wih the jaw of a man? NOT. Cleopatra was a teen, gorgeous and murderous woman who killed her own siblings for power. Angelina pushing 50 is not the right choice. Sorry.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rach

      I don't think Angelina is the right choice either, but she's in her early 30's. Hardly 50.

      June 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  41. jay

    To be clear, Egyptians were not black. You can see in their art that they clearly showed a difference in features between blacks and Egyptians. The Egyptians were more middle-eastern in appearance. Cleaopatra was of the Ptolemies – she was Greek. Ms. Jolie got the role because of her star power, but I would prefer somebody with the exotic looks of say, Aishwarya Rai to play the Queen of The Nile.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rach

      Aishwarya is the most beautiful woman in the world, she would be a much better choice.

      June 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      Rach: I agree, she's very pretty but she doesn't have the presence or the intensity of Angelina Jolie. Cleopatra was known for being shrewd and intense. I'm not sure how Aishwarya would be able to carry that off.

      June 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Thandie

    Anyone at this point who actually thinks that Egyptians looked like Europeans with a tan is sorely in need of some education. The races didn't mix for several decades – They were african at their core in all all earliest years. Besides the fact that for some reason, Hollywood still thinks it's okay for white people to dress up as black people is ridiculous. I hope somebody stops this.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • LB

      Do your research before you start spouting silly comments – of course races mixed... they traveled all over and it was common back then to even marry within your family.
      All these silly comments are embarassing !!

      June 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      omg, you are an idiot. An uneducated, unread idiot. You didn't pay a lick of attention to your history lessons did you? You think interracial copulation is a recent phenom? I suggest you pick up reading as a hobby.

      June 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Denise

    Okay I am a black women and yes black women are tired of the way Hollywood and the music business portray us but I have this to say STOP SPENDING YOUR MONEY DO NOT SEE THE FILM DO NOT BUY THE MUSIC INSTEAD SAVE IT FOR COLLEGE FUNDS, RETIREMENT OR TRAVEL. WE DO HAVE POWER BLACK HOUSEHOLDS SPEND MORE MONEY THEN ANY OTHER RACE AND IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH IT THEN DO NOT FINICALLY SUPPORT AND THAT GOES FOR THE MEN IN THE BUSINESS AS WELL WHO ARE MARRIED TO WHITE WOMEN YOU KNOW TERRENCE HOWARD AND CUBAN GOODING JR ECT.. SIMPLY DO NOT SPEND YOUR DOLLARS ON ANY PROJECTS THEY ARE IN BECAUSE WHEN YOU SUPPORT THEM YOU SUPPORT THEIR WOMEN IF YOU OKAY WITH IT THEN GO SEE IT AND SUPPORT THEM I AM TIRED OF US WHINING ABOUT IT JUST DO SOMETHING ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THEN WORDS.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksoze

      Denise – So, you don't believe in supporting the work of any black person if he/she happens to be married to a white person? Pretty sad. I do, however, agree with your statement that we should vote with our pocketbooks and not support endeavors that portray us in a stereotypically negative way

      June 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rach

      How on Earth is having Angelina play Cleopatra negatively stereotyping black people?

      June 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • your FUNNY.

      Trust me black girls want WHITE MEN.

      June 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • cms

      wow- you sound mad- and you're a racist. Save your energy and try to be a more positive person. Your hatred of white women is a cancer and it's wrong.

      June 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. darlene d

    Why her? What makes everyone think she is so great that she has to play everybody! There are many women that would do a much better job, maybe someone from another culture.

    June 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Catherine

    I think Angelina is a very talented woman. Her performance in Changeling was out of this world!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • agreed

      I agree. I never get it when people diss her acting ability. I think Brad is the crappy actor. he always looks constipated and his eyes are lifeless on the big screen but everyone seems to like him *shrugs*

      June 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Pate'

    you should have sought out Lisa Raye to play this role!
    Its time for a new look that is more suitable in reality for this character.

    June 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. FlyByNight

    I think the girl from Slumdog Millionaire would make a beautiful Cleopatra. Nothing against the lovely Angelina, but that other actress would be more believable (and just as beautiful, IMHO) Or even Eva Mendes. She's got that "Cleo" look about her. Salma Hayek too?

    June 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • houstonjovi

      Flybynight: You have to be kidding about Selma Hayek. Yes, she is very lovely, and not disrespect to her and her heritage, but she has a very thick accent even after all these years in America

      June 13, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  48. oo

    Ewwwwwwwww!

    WORST actress EVER!

    June 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      O hon, who but who could be as 'worst' as Jen who has not grown as an actress. She needs to figure out she is not getting any younger and evolve. And, have you noticed? No one stays with her!

      June 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  49. consuela

    What about a black woman, why do you have to have a white woman play this role. My daughter know about cleopatara and this is a disgrace if they do this. this just tells me that these people that do this is not recognize what a good assest black people have been.

    June 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Michael

    Cleopatra probably wasn't black, but certainly did NOT look like Ms. Jolie. She was of greek descent.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Heather

    I absolutely cannot wait for this film! Ms. Jolie is an amazing actress, profound humanitarian, generous philanthropist, and, of course, incredibly beautiful; I think she is an inspired choice.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      I absolutely agree! I can't wait either!

      June 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      Lets not forget...she is also a homewrecker!

      June 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      Tammy: So what? So is half of Hollywood. On top of that, her personal life has nothing to do with her professional life and I, for one, couldn't care less.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Coolpeeps

    How about a black woman play Cleo for a change? HIStory has been played out way too much. How about the truth for a change Hollywood. Egyptians back then were essentially Black!

    June 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      First off, Egypt was, then as it is now, a crossroads. They were "mixed" culturally and ethnically. Second, Cleopatra was most definitely - a Ptolemy. the Ptolomy rulers were decended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, who Alexander put in charge of Egypt. They followed Egyptian custom - they bred within the family - and the were Macedonians, in other words, European

      June 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlene Philemon

      Yes, I absolutely agree. We keep referring to the Africans as Ancient Egyptians because "they do not want to acknowledge the fact that the Blacks built the pyramids. I have a picture of Cleopatra from FAMU University, she was a Black woman.

      Cleopatra was a black woman. Let us give the Black woman the respect that she deserves. Stop steeling her history, and passing it as your own. Halle Berry, Beyonce, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, or any other black actress.

      Please stop acting like Black people do not know their own history. Cleopatra was a black woman. I like Angelina, but a black woman should play that role. Hollywood always portrays Cleopatra as a White woman with "braids" with "braids" did Europeans braid their hair?

      Black people know that CLeopatra was a Black woman, the question is do you? A black woman should play the role, not Angelina.

      June 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rach

      Marlene, just what kind of camera was used in Ancient Egypt?

      June 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AD

      Cleopatra wasn't black. The ruling elite of Egypt at the time were Greeks descended as was said from Ptolemy. Try looking up the facts before playing the race card.

      June 12, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ah no

      no. that sounds dumb. What if a mexican played rosa parks? "she had light skin"? duh.

      June 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Actually, Cleopatra 7, was Greek, not African. She was the last of the Ptolemy rulers founded by a Greek general who served under Alexander the Great (who was Macedonian). So, ethnically, Cleo 7 was full blooded Greek, born & raised in Alexandria, Egypt. She was the only ruler who spoke the common Egyptian language and called herself Egyptian. However, there was a great deal of Ethiopians & other Africans in Alexandria at the time & it was a very culturally diverse port city.

      June 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      @Marlene– as for braids, the royalty at the time shaved their heads & wore braided wigs with beads & incense cones in them. Europeans did braid their hair, it was a very common style for Romans at the time. Stating the historically correct ethnic background of this particular woman does not negate the importance and amazing contributions that women of African decent have made over the centuries. It is just that in this case, Cleo 7 was Greek.

      June 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tia

      true, but you and I know others will deny it.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Asher

      Cleopatra was a greece woman. Her family moved down to Egypt to rule after they acquired the land of the recently decreased alexander when it was divided up. After he died, Ptolemy ruled. So no cleo was not an egyptian and was not black.. egypt is near the middle east any how ( yes it is in africa but that doesnt mean anything). Have you seen pictures of egypt.. the natives are not black..

      June 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asher

      Excuse me Greek woman*

      June 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

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