Gal Gadot and 'Wonder Woman' Director Reunite for Cleopatra Biopic

Following an epic bidding war, Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to a new Cleopatra biopic.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Key Art for "Wonder Woman 1984."

© Warner Bros.

These last couple years have been booming for the biopic genre, and now we can add another, more historical, one to the upcoming movie slate.

Director of "Wonder Woman" Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are reteaming, but his time instead of Gadot playing the fictional superheroine Princess Diana of Themyscira, she'll be portraying the real-life Cleopatra, Egypt's Queen of the Nile.

ph: Clay Enos / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

ph: Clay Enos / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

We're thrilled to find out about the resurgence of this powerful female figure (first made popular in the 1963 film "Cleopatra" with Elizabeth Taylor), and we're especially excited that Gadot and Jenkins will be working together again.

They found extraordinary success with the release of DC's "Wonder Woman," setting the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend by a female director in the U.S.

And they're set to help the box office and moviegoers with the upcoming DC sequel "Wonder Woman 1984," which is still currently set to be released December 25, 2020 (fingers crossed).

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

Discussing the issue of whether or not the release date will change or go direct to streaming, Jenkins took to Twitter to say, "Correct. Direct to streaming is not even being discussed. We are still 100% behind the theatrical experience for #WW84 and supporting our beloved theater business."

The ever-changing circumstances of the global pandemic have made it hard to maintain a regular movie release schedule, but the film looks to be spectacular based on what we've seen in the trailers.

When tweeting about this new upcoming biopic on Twitter, Gadot says, "As you might have heard I teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera."

If the new Cleopatra movie is anything like "Wonder Woman," we guarantee it will be a hit.

Read the news from the exclusive reporting on Deadline.

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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