Race Question in Play, Kalogridis Leads Cleopatra’s Female Team

It's a question long debated – the racial makeup of Cleopatra, despite the general belief she was mostly Greek – but a remake of the 1963 remake starring Elizabeth Taylor this time around will have a really Greek touch. 

It's being written by Laeta Kalogridis, whose family came to the United States nearly a century ago from the island of Kalymnos. She has made a name for herself on TV and in film, recently for creating and producing the Netflix show Altered Carbon. 

Paramount Pictures – led by Chairman Jim Gianopulos from New York – gave Kalogridis the pen for a version directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Israeli star Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman. 

It's Gadot's casting that has drawn the ire of some who complained Hollywood is showing Cleopatra as a white character, arguing she wasn't. 

Setting that aside, Kalogridis tweeted: “Incredibly excited to get the chance to tell the story of Cleopatra, my favorite Ptolemaic Pharoah and arguably the most famous Macedonian Greek woman in history. Never thought I’d have the opportunity to tell a story like this, with women who have inspired me beyond words.” 


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