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“It’s sort of her way of saying F*ck you to those guys”: Angelina Jolie Almost Became Cleopatra Before Zendaya, Original Script Writer Hopes Denis Villeneuve Uses His Script
2024/07/03

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Angelina Jolie has been a star in the film industry for the vast majority of her life.  The actress has appeared in  a plethora of  films with diverse and well-written roles that would leave a lasting impact in the memories of its  viewers,  and some of the most iconic roles  that  she has ever portrayed.  From the role of Lisa Rowe in  to being the evil fairy witch, Maleficent, she gained immense praise from fans and critics alike, praising her acting range.

The most talked about role of the  actress is that of Cleopatra,

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which she was extremely close to portraying. H owever , the film got canceled. Now, Zendaya  is set  to  portray  the Egyptian Queen, and Brian Helgeland, the original scriptwriter of the canceled  movie,  hopes Denis Villeneuve uses his script.

Scriptwriter of Shares How The Film Featuring Angelina Jolie Was Almost Made

For a long time,  it was assumed  that would play the  biggest role of her career- Cleopatra .  However, the long-gestated movie never became a  reality,  despite the script  being almost made . Brian Helgeland, who wrote the  script, sat down with to share more details on how the film got scrapped.

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During the interview, Helgeland  was asked  if he is associated with for his  project. T he  writer shared how he was the very first writer on the  film that  was intended  to  be made  for Angelina Jolie, and  he  is not associated with Villeneuve, unless he is interested in using his film’s draft. He said,

“I was the very first writer on Cleopatra when it was being developed for Angelina Jolie to star in, which was almost made. I don’t have anything to do with the current version unless they call me and want to use my draft.

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Helgeland also shared some details from his script, stating how his film features However, it  is divided featuring  a lot of  key  events from the  historic  figure’s lifetime.

“It had elements of a political thriller with assassinations and s*x, but it’s an epic that’s divided between her love affairs with Caesar and Marc Antony. Lots of true events surprised me when I was writing it. For example, the day Caesar was assassinated — the Ides of March and all that stuff — she was in Rome. They were leaving for Egypt, and the reason why they had to kill him at that time was because he was headed out of town with her.

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That’s historically true and featured in the script.”

He  added,  that she was a cunning figure and knew how to utilize people for her  personal gains,  and gave the example of Marc Antony’s speech.

“She writes Marc Antony’s speech — “friends, Romans, countrymen” — because he doesn’t know what to say, but she tells him what to say. It’s sort of her way of saying “f**k you” to those guys because she’s smart enough and he’s not. I have no idea if that script is being used, but I’ll be very happy if it is.

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Nevertheless, it  still  remains a mystery which script Villeneuve would use for his film, but the  filmmaker has been planning to make the historical epic project for quite some time.

Zendaya Faces Backlash From Fans Over The Portrayal of The Historical Figure

It seems that  will be working with the  filmmaker as she has starred in his smash-hit blockbuster projects, and  . The director is quite excited as he sits down with , sharing how he has been working on the historical epic for quite some time.

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He said in the now-deleted interview,

“I also have a historical film project on the life of Cleopatra. This project is underway and it excites me a lot. I hope I can bring it to the screen before or after filming the second part of Dune.”

The film is also reported to feature her  co-star Timothée Chalamet as Octavius and Daniel Craig as Caesar if the two of them accept the offer. The film’s production is expected to begin in 2024, with no official release date.

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