Gal Gadot has defended being cast as Egyptian queen Cleopatra in a new film.
The project will reunite her with director Patty Jenkins, who is at the helm for Gal’s film Wonder Woman 1984.
When the news of her casting was announced the actress said Cleopatra’s story is one she has ‘wanted to tell for a very long time’.
However it was also met with criticism as some felt the part should have been given to an actress with darker skin.
At the time The Guardian’s Hanna Flint called it ‘a backwards step for Hollywood representation’ as she felt it missed a chance ‘to give north African actors a higher profile’.
In an interview with BBC Arabic Gal stood up for the film and said others were welcome to create their own take.
‘First of all if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra,’ she said.
Making clear she would be sticking with her movie, the Fast & Furious star continued: ‘I have friends from across the globe, whether they’re Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish of course.
‘People are people, and with me I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honour this amazing historic icon that I admire so much.
‘You know, anybody can make this movie and anybody can go ahead and do it. I’m very passionate that I’m going to do my own too.’
The Cleopatra film will be based on a script penned by Laeta Kalogridis.
Elizabeth Taylor famously played the historic figure in the 1963 classic which won four Oscars.
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