Cleopatra, the last person to rule Egypt as an Egyptian pharaoh, is making a comeback on the big screen. Academy Award winner, producer, Scott Rudin ,is developing a project on the legendary empress and Angelina Jolie is reportedly playing the lead.
Rudin, producers of films like No Country for Old Men and Revolutionary Road brought the rights forthcoming biography called, Cleopatra: A Life, from the author Stacy Schiff. Rudin"s idea of casting Jolie in the lead role has been supported by Schiff, who thinks that the Tomb Raider star has the perfect looks to fit in the role.
It remains to be seen who fits in as Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. It is not the first time that a film is being made on Cleopatra. Back in 1963, Joseph L. Mankiewicz made a film on her with Elizabeth Taylor in the title role. The film won four Oscars and despite being the highest earning film of the year suffered a financial loss.
Director, Steven Soderbergh also tried to make a musical based on Cleopatra"s life but the project got shelved because of his prior commitments.
Apart from films, the Egyptian ruler has been a popular figure in literature as well. She was subject of William Shakespeare"s tragic drama 'Antony and Cleopatra 'and also Jules Massenet's opera 'Cleopatre".