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Denis Villeneuve's next movie will be Cleopatra starring Zendaya
Photo: © ANP

Denis Villeneuve's next movie will be Cleopatra starring Zendaya

Denis Villeneuve's next movie will be Cleopatra starring Zendaya
Photo: © ANP

Denis Villeneuve's next movie will be Cleopatra starring Zendaya, according to industry insider Daniel Richtman.

The pair have already worked together on Dune: Part One and Dune: Part Two, with the release date of the latter postponed due to the writer and actor strike.

It was previously thought that Gal Gadot would take on the role of Cleopatra and the actress actually discussed it previously, saying:

“It’s a big task. I don’t want to making it— it’s something that needs...so much thought and care because it’s Cleopatra. We have incredible writers working on the script—before and after the writer’s strike—like Laeta Kalogridis . It’s a beautiful script. We’re not rushing ourselves because you have to be responsible when you deal with such an incredible, iconic, legendary woman.”

The above version, mentioned by Gadot, won't be happening.

According to Richtman, Timothee Chalamet has been approached to play Octavius while Daniel Craig is the number one choice for Julius Caesar.

Cleopatra and Caesar, of course, had a romance that had worldwide ramifications.

David Scarpa, who wrote Gladiator 2 and Napoleon, is penning the script, and previously said of it: "It's a political thriller. Dirty, bloody, lots of people swearing and having sex and all of that other stuff and just 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."

There has already been a famous depiction of Cleopatra on screen that came with Elizabeth Taylor in the title role.

The official premise for the 1963 movie reads:

'Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, becomes the mistress of Julius Ceaser of Rome in order to save her kingdom. However, when Ceaser is assassinated, she becomes Mark Antony's ally and lover.'

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