David Fincher May Direct CLEOPATRA Starring Angelina Jolie

     March 22, 2011

Producer Scott Rudin’s Cleopatra biopic is continuing its search for a top-tier director.  Last October, James Cameron was in talks for the gig, but he decided to direct Avatar sequels instead.  Then Paul Greengrass started circling the project, but chose to helm Memphis, which is about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Now Deadline is reporting that Rudin wants to re-team with David Fincher on the project which is set to star Angelina Jolie as the Egyptian queen.

Hit the jump for more on the project and the likelihood that Fincher will sign on to direct.

Rudin says that this take on Cleopatra is different from previous films (especially the notorious 1963 Elizabeth Taylor flop) because it doesn’t have Cleopatra as a seductress.  Instead, the movie will take the story from her perspective and focus on her talents as a politician, strategist, and warrior.  Granted, when you cast Angelina Jolie, you’re not going to overlook Cleopatra’s sex appeal, but Jolie is also one of the few actresses that has enough box office clout to help get the project made.

Deadline reports that getting Fincher comes down to a matter of timing.  He’s currently working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (also produced by Rudin), and screenwriter Steve Zaillian is already working on adapting the second book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire.  Fincher is expected to return to the director’s chair, but he’s also planning to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.  Fincher also told Steve that he’s waiting to get a script that’s a worthy adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama with Morgan Freeman attached to star.

Obviously, any project Fincher signs on to is a must-see, and it will be interesting to see if Fincher makes this project his next film or if Cleopatra will go to another big-name director.

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  • Spock Jenkins

    Before everyone starts jumping on the supposed ‘racebending’ aspect of this production, let’s remember that Cleopatra was a post-Alexander ( Ptolemeic ), greek ruler of Egypt and not a true pharonic queen in the manner of the earliest Egyptian dynasties.

    • ringbearer1420

      Bad casting is bad casting, but at least she is a interesting actress who tries, besides she has a Celopatraesqu personality. First and foremost Cleopatra was a bloody and efficient ruler.

    • Lame Duck

      Oddly enough, Cleopatra was of Greek heritage though most people think of her as the beautiful bronze skinned Egyptian woman. Nefertiti, on the other hand, was of true Egyptian blood and bore a more African/Egyptian resemblance. I hope they will portray Cleo the way she really was-ambitious and ruthless who had her baby brother killed so she can take the throne…doubt it though. On a lighter note, I want Angelina Jolie to take a break and get some rest. That poor lady is lookin’ tired and haggard these days. She is and always will be beautiful but she doesn’t look as fresh and vibrant as Mr. and Mrs. Smith…and she’s not that old to be looking THAT old. Blame on the myriads of kids, blame it on the movies, but she needs to take a break and quick.

      • Black Panther

        I would like to make a indication for the next movie that James Cameron is preparing about Cleopatra. There is an English Actress of excellent carat, whose beauty and harmony of the facial features are of extreme impact on a movie screen. An Egyptian makeup on their eyes perfect shape and high expression, will certainly be of great effect in screen, accompanied by the grandeur of this that was one of the great characters in Egyptian history, because Mandana Jones has, in addition to an incredible talent and a excellent performance (not yet exploited by the film industry), have a natural elegance, very important for represent a queen of this size.
        Undoubtedly, Mandana Jones is much more suited to represent Cleopatra, that goes beyond the highlight of his eyes and of the expression that she can pass through them (you know a good cameraman to explore the best angles can strengthen this quality increasing the visual effect), as also by the elegance and posture necessary to compose the whole of character. The harmony of the facial features of Jones also contribute to emphasize the beauty of Cleopatra, because we know that she was beautiful. In addition, other natural attributes will contribute to the final composition of the character in question. Nothing against Jolie, but when it comes to represent Cleopatra, I do not see an appropriate ratio. Between Jones and Jolie, I get by Mandana Jones. With a new approach and a new and beautiful face as of Jones on screen, the film go have everything to be a success much larger than expected.

        Now, thank you attention and I am sure that such information will be of great value in the composition of the cast and the impact to be generated in public.

  • Marc

    Angelina in Tomb Raider form would’ve been perfect for the role. I sure hope we don’t get the gaunt, pale, sickly, bug-eyed, veiny, and bony Angelina I’ve been seeing lately. I wouldn’t betray my country for that shit……

    • Lame Duck

      LOL @ gaunt, pale, sickly, bug-eyed, veiny, and bony Angelina. You took the words out of my mouth.

      • Oh For Heavens Sake

        Did you see her in Wanted where she got out of the bathtub butt naked? Hot?…NOT! She needs to eat a biscuit! Her deflated, ironing board butt was not cute! What happened to you girl?

  • Maricela Cruz verdaderama

    Angelina Jolie has brainwashed the U.S. population. In other countries people criticize her. But in the united states, people can not criticize her.
    Brainwashing. I think using subliminal messages in television programs and in the movies, angelina jolie do brainwashed in the united states.
    I am Latina
    I do not speak English
    Use translator
    How you know that I have not done more for the world that Angelina Jolie?, You do not know me
    Angelina Jolie is what is advertising and it has not improved the world in nothing. You as a spoiled people of united states, do not realize that the world is worse off since Angelina is powerful
    I am Latina
    I do not speak English
    Use translator

  • Maricela Cruz verdaderama

    Angelina Jolie cheats with google
    Angelina pays workers google, for that they give only news of her, and hide other celebrity news.
    I am Latina
    I do not speak English
    Use translator


  • Paige Smith

    Yeah!! he has the potential to direct angelina….
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