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    Catherine Zeta Jones to play Cleopatra

    Catherine Zeta Jones is to star in a musical based on the life of the ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra.

    By Chris Hastings
    Published: 11:19AM BST 25 Oct 2008

    Regal bearing: Catherine Zeta Jones will play the ancient world's most famous female monarch, Queen Cleopatra Photo: REUTERS

    The Oscar winning star of Chicago is to play the Egyptian queen in the upcoming $30 million 3D Hollywood epic Cleo.

    Hugh Jackman, the Australian actor who starred in the X Men, is in talks to play her Roman lover Mark Antony.

    The film, which is Hollywood's first attempt at a musical based on the life of two of history's most famous lovers, will be directed by Steven Soderbergh, who made his debut with Sex, Lies and Videotapes, and will feature a soundtrack by the punk band Guided by Voices.

    Zeta-Jones, 39, astounded fans and critics when she revealed her musical skills in the Oscar winning 2002 big screen adaptation of Chicago.

    The Welsh born actress, who co-starred in the musical film opposite Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger, won the best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as the gun-toting Velma Kelly.

    In 2002 Zellweger was quoted as saying: "I heard that Catherine could sing and dance. People would say: 'You're not going to believe it'. Well, I walk in on my first day and she's in a lift singing All That Jazz and I was just dumbfounded."

    The definitive film of Cleopatra's life remains the 1963 version starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.


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    I'll put this on my "Do not Fail to Miss" list.

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    Angelina Jolie Attached to Play Cleopatra; Should Brad Pitt Play Marc Antony?

    two different Cleopatra flix? or two peeps fighting over the same role?
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    She looks to old to play Cleopatra. Sure, she could be the "old" Cleopatra, who was her (supposed) age when she died. However, since Zeta-Jones looks like she's 50, she's not going to convincingly play anyone younger than 45.

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    The article is from 2008 - though CZJ may still be claiming to be 39.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    Angelina Jolie Attached to Play Cleopatra; Should Brad Pitt Play Marc Antony?

    two different Cleopatra flix? or two peeps fighting over the same role?

    no, one is a musical (CZJ) the other is a epic drama (AJ) oh goody if we hold out maybe we'll get Cleopatra the animated version in 3D

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    Way too old for this.
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    She would have been great around the time she was single. She was so hot.

    They should go with a younger actress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    Angelina Jolie Attached to Play Cleopatra; Should Brad Pitt Play Marc Antony?

    two different Cleopatra flix? or two peeps fighting over the same role?
    Or a lot of pre-production promotion....
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    I just saw her sing on the Tonys. She was actually very good
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    Wow, she won a Tony for best actress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    Wow, she won a Tony for best actress.
    Was she there with Grandpa Douglas? I've been reading that they are splitting.

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    Both bad choices for Cleopatra. Hollywood always has to whiten things up. They should hire a woman of color, but I guess thats not the demographic they're after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellini View Post
    Was she there with Grandpa Douglas? I've been reading that they are splitting.
    Oh yes. he was also a presenter, they gushed over each other and he was sitting next to her parents who flew in from Wales
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