Criticism erupts against Gal Gadot after announcement that she will be the new Cleopatra

The choice of Gal Gadot as the new Cleopatra has generated controversy almost instantaneously, and the fact is that the Israeli origin of the actress has been the subject of criticism since she announced her participation as the famous pharaoh of Ancient Egypt in the new version of the director Patty Jenkins, with whom she had already worked on Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984.

“As you may have heard, I have teamed up with Patty Jenkins and Laeta Kalogridis (writer of the project) to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way that has never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through the eyes of women, both behind and in front of the camera, “Gadot wrote on Twitter, where she said it was a story she had wanted to tell for a long time.

After the news came out, there are many who, through social networks, have shown their dissatisfaction with what they consider, once again, a whitewashing of Hollywood; another example of the so-called “whitewashing” that, as happened with the mythical Liz Taylor in the legendary film of the sixties, does not choose an Egyptian or African actress to give life to the character.

In that sense, the scriptwriter of the film herself specified on Twitter that she was eager to write the story of Cleopatra, “possibly the most famous Macedonian Greek woman in history.”

In this way, Kalogridis took the opportunity to remember the European origins of Cleopatra, who was a descendant of Ptolemy I, a Greek-Macedonian general who was in the service of Alexander the Great and proclaimed himself King of Egypt after his death. Thus, the legendary pharaoh was of Macedonian descent and had little if any Egyptian blood.

A historical evidence that, despite being contrasted, did not convince many; among them, the journalist Sameera Khan who criticized Gadot’s casting. In a message on Twitter he questioned who in Hollywood thought it would be a good idea to cast an Israeli actress like Cleopatra (a very bland-looking one), rather than a ravishing Arab actress like Nadine Njeim.

The journalist went further in her attack against the protagonist of Wonder Woman and extended it to political issues, comparing her attitude with the actions of the government of her country in relation to the territories that Palestine claims.

“And what a shame, Gal Gadot. Your country steals the land from the Arabs and you steal their movie roles … smh, ”Khan wrote.

More users claimed for the role other actresses with North African blood, such as Sofia Boutella, while others even saw the move as a genuine and deliberate provocation.

“Someone like Sofia Boutella! I’m so sick of them casting white and Israeli actors as pharaohs or in Arab roles! Gal Gadot should not be Cleopatra ”, was one of the messages that appeared when considering the election as a total lack of respect.

“Gal Gadot could be literally from the same lineage as Cleopatra and choosing her would not be correct either since she is literally a Zionist who has served in an oppressive and violent army and still actively supports the occupation of the Palestinian people,” they expressed, alluding to her military past. .

Despite the negative reviews, there are also those who defend that she is perfect for the role based on the Greek origins of the Egyptian queen.

“I am going to say this once and I am not going to repeat it, Cleopatra was Greek. Yes, she was in Egyptian rule, but she was Greek with Persian and Syrian ancestry. People who are reacting negatively to this are uneducated and uninformed. Gal Gadot deserves this role, ”another user tweeted.


In addition to Elizabeth Taylor, French-American actress Claudette Colbert and British Vivien Leigh played Cleopatra. For many years, the role was also reserved for Angelina Jolie, but the new version in which she would participate never saw the light.

With information from Europa Press via Agencia Reforma

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Criticism erupts against Gal Gadot after announcement that she will be the new Cleopatra