In the upcoming spy thriller “Salt,” Angelina Jolie plays a master of disguise, and now she’s ready to transform herself yet again to portray “Sleeping Beauty” witch, Maleficent, and Cleopatra.
Quirky director Tim Burton is reportedly already attached to the Maleficent project, a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1959 animated classic about a witch who puts a princess to sleep because she wasn’t invited to her christening. Jolie, a big fan of the original, told MTV News she’d be thrilled to slip on Maleficent’s horn-rimmed headwear.
“I would love to," said the 35-year-old actress. "It's all new and being discussed, but I loved her when I was a little girl. She was my favorite.”
Jolie is equally enthusiastic about the possibility of portraying Cleopatra in a film based on Stacy Schiff’s upcoming biography of the Queen of the Nile. But, she added, the script has to be just right.
"I think if we can get the story right, and do the real story… there's a lot about her that's never been covered yet," Jolie said. " So if we can do something original, we will."
Meanwhile, the mom of six is also speaking out about another much-talked-about lady, her daughter Shiloh. Defending the 4-year-old’s preference for boys’ attire, Jolie told Reuters, “I think she is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting.”
Great subject never apporpriately done on film before (does anyone remember The F.B.I. Story with James Stewart and Vera Miles?) and timely too as harbinger of historical things to come. Not surprised that the producers of Frost/Nixon would gravitate toward such material. Eastwood is major; DiCaprio will always get an A for ambition from me. The man wants to act. Maybe he's miscast but he never phones it in. I think he would be a good theater actor. DiCaprio doing O'Neill or Albee or trying a great new contemporary playwright would be interesting.Regardless of reviews I'll be seeing this the first weekend.
Regardless of skin color and race descent, a concern is whether Ms. Jolie will do justice to the role of Cleopatra. Hollywood really has only one other Cleopatra for comparison and that is none other than the renowned Elizabeth Taylor. Because of her coloring, Mediterranean tan, and acting capabilities, Taylor came across as a very believable Cleopatra for her time. I do like Jolie; I think she does good work and is hardworking. However, she lacks passion and for a portrait role like this one, depth and even credibility. Perhaps she just needs to prove us naysayers all wrong and show that she is more of a character study than the "catch the badass" gun/spear/any weapon toting Lara Croft/Evelyn Salt/assassin. Plus, it would be helpful if she was not thronged by media while on location so that audiences don't get a reel by reel of the damn movie even before it comes out. The script will need to be written for Jolie's personality so that there is no sense of jarring discord between what the majority of people believe Cleopatra to have been and how the role in fact is enacted. Re-enacting history is a gamble. Plus she may need to change her eye color. Cleopatra was a magnificent queen with hints of some physical proportion. I think of a taller Alicia Keys look alike but no other actress comes to mind for this great role.
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