Gal Gadot Cast as Cleopatra in Upcoming Film Stirs Controversy

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“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot has just been cast as Cleopatra in an upcoming film directed by Patty Jenkins. “Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time,” Gadot wrote on Twitter.

But the choice to cast the Israeli-born actress as the Egyptian Queen is stirring controversy.

“Cleopatra was a Black woman and she isn't Black,” one person commented on Twitter.

Others pointed out that, historically, Cleopatra was actually not born in Egypt.

“I’m going to say this once — Cleopatra was Greek!” another commenter said.

Elizabeth Taylor last played the role in the 1963 movie of the same name.

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