FanCast: The Title Role in Denis Villeneuve’s Upcoming ‘Cleopatra’

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?

  • Poppity⛄

    I agree with you. Her “Agent Carter” series is just now airing here and I really liked it. You can imagine my dismay to learn that it was cancelled after only one season, as well as her following series. She’s an amazing actress. I would love for her to make it big but, at the same time, have her remain as down-to-earth and unique as she is currently.

  • William Dhalgren

    When have you ever known historical accuracy (or, shit, reality) to be a concern of Hollywood?

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Cleopatra was ugly.
    Like, not attractive.
    At all.

  • Nokoo

    Also I just want her to have a bigger career.

  • Nokoo

    Well, beyond the fact that she is incredibly attractive, she does have some ambiguously darker features that would lend better to the role of a Greco-Roman cum Egyptian queen than most other actresses.

  • Jooshua

    Alia Bhatt or Deepika Padukone

  • William Dhalgren

    Had to Google her. She is beautiful. Is her character the one who marries Rob Stark?

  • William Dhalgren

    I love the name Oona. My daughter watches a show called Puffin Rock and one of the characters is named Oona. (Love that show, too, btw.)

  • William Dhalgren

    I’m in the middle of season one, and I think she’s an interesting character. I hope they give her more to do later on.

  • William Dhalgren

    Stop that.

  • William Dhalgren

    I’ve yet to see a Villeneuve film I havent’ liked or appreciated in some regard. I think he is probably one of the best film makers out there right now. Having said all that, and maybe especially because of those things, I can’t understand why this guy would want to borrow trouble. Run, Denis. Run away!

  • Poppity⛄

    I have to agree. The Taylor/Burton one was disastrous in its own time. Why go over this again? It will likely not bring in the money like the hope, either.

  • Poppity⛄

    Interesting! I only just learned about her through her mom Géraldine. Oona was also her mother’s name. 🙂

  • Poppity⛄

    I think she is gorgeous. If I were a guy, she would totally be my type!

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Too fine
    Gotta ugly her up

  • William Dhalgren

    She fine.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Tonia Sotiropoulou

  • William Dhalgren

    I would not touch this with a ten foot pole right now.

  • Nokoo

    Accurate, yes. Articulate or eloquent in the ways of a professional wordsmith? Fuck no.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I had her in my head from Black Mirror’s “White Christmas,” which I watched the other day.

  • King Alvarez

    I wholeheartedly agree with Vanessa Kirby. In the little that I’ve seen of The Crown, she is fantastic in season 2.

  • DryButSoupy

    In fairness, “dirty, bloody, lots of people swearing and having sex…” is a somewhat accurate description of the politics at play during the Roman involvement in Egypt at that time. I just hope they throw in some depth between the fighting and shagging.

  • DryButSoupy

    Interesting choice. I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything but GoT. She’s got the right look (at least in the above picture). Vaguely Greco-Persian.

  • ResonanceCascade

    Oona Chaplin is the first name that pops into my head. She’s the right age to play both down and up (if the movie is going to cover a long period of time) and she’s a great actress. As a bonus, she even looks just like the bust of Cleopatra: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d76ad6be4bac37edb1538c042707322e33459a8eb43463755c900f7fdaf6bfb1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/722532f2c85836ac8221e6aa1381c888788b3bf55eb82963076e4291cb83d42a.jpg

  • Nokoo

    Also… This screenwriter sounds like a goddamn kid: “Dirty, bloody, lots of people swearing and having sex and all of that other stuff…”

    Good to know a screenwriter’s got the ability for deep thought and retrospection.

  • Nokoo

    Hayley Atwell?

  • TheDeadFellow

    Eva Green or Rebecca Ferguson.