A couple weeks back, screenwriter David Scarpa (who also wrote Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World) gave a brief tease for what audiences can expect from Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Cleopatra film:
“It’s similar [to All the Money in the World] in that there’s a lot of research involved and there’s a question with all that of how do you want to do it and how do you make something new out of it? With Getty, part of the idea was to take two genres we felt we knew, which was the kidnapping genre and what we’ll call the “great man” genre — the Citizen Kane genre — and smash them together and make something new out of them. With Cleopatra … instead of doing the movie as the prestige picture — the three-hour, lots of pageantry, people with fans and English accents and all that stuff — [we] really treat it as a political thriller. Dirty, bloody, lots of people swearing and having sex and all of that other stuff and just treat it as a two-hour, lean, mean political thriller, full of assassinations, etc. Just going the opposite direction from the way we think that movie is going to go.”
So with that in mind, today’s FanCast asks the question: Who do you want to see cast as Cleopatra?
My pick: Vanessa Kirby.
I just finished binge-watching season 1 of The Crown and Vanessa Kirby’s portrayal of Princess Margaret was easily my favorite part of the show. She was cool, sexy, funny, and rebellious. With these qualities in mind I think she could make a very good Cleopatra. Kirby is set to blow up in Hollywood any minute, with an upcoming role in Mission: Impossible VI. Additionally, I can’t help but notice a slight similarity between Elizabeth Taylor (who played the role of Cleopatra in the 1963 film) and Kirby. That could be swaying my decision, but nonetheless I think she’s a talented actress who could shine in the role.
That’s my fan pick for Cleopatra. What’s yours?