For most of history, men have both written history and have worn the crown. Only a small handful of women can have done the same. One of these women is Cleopatra.
Her story has been told time and again across the generations. The 1963 epic starring the late Elizabeth Taylor is the film that most people think of when it comes to Cleopatra. Over the weekend, it was announced that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will step into the Egyptian Queen’s shoes. The film is to be directed by Patty Jenkins, who was at the helm of the Wonder Woman, which starred Gadot as the title character.
Not surprisingly, some have already questioned if casting Gadot is another example of whitewashing.
From a certain point of view, Gadot could be seen as a good choice for the role because she is from that part of the world. However, there is a question of Cleopatra’s skin color, which historians don’t quite agree on.
Only time will if Gal Gadot is the right choice and if the movie succeeds or fails.
Either way, it is a reminder that issues of race and racism have not yet been fully dealt with in this country.