Jackman Will Not Walk Like an Egyptian

     January 2, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

Stephen Soderbergh’s upcoming 3-D musical, “Cleo”, will be all-singing, all-dancing, and no-Jackman. Today, Variety reports that Soderbergh wanted Jackman for the role of Cleopatra’s (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) lover Marc Antony but there’s a scheduling conflict. The conflict: Jackman has to clean his refrigerator for the next three months.

So while the search for Marc Antony will continue (my suggestion: Marc Anthony), Soderbergh has probably found his Caesar in Ray Winstone. So he’s got Beowulf on board.

But whomever gets cast, all of it will pale in comparison to how batshit insane Soderbergh is making this flick. As mentioned, it will be in 3-D. It will be based on the story of Cleopatra (because that did so well the last time around—just ask Liz Taylor). There will be rock n’ roll songs and “a style akin to an Elvis musical” (again—just quality references) with music written by Guided by Voices (okay, that’s not bad).

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