Angelina Jolie recently admitted she's still hopeful her buzzed about Cleopatra film will one day make it to the big screen.
Ever since director James Cameron expressed interest in creating a 3D movie about the Egyptian queen back in 2010, plans for the project have yet to been finalized. The Oscar winner, who has long been considered the obvious choice for the role, believes it can still come together.
"I've been working on (it) forever," the actress tells People magazine. "It's the hardest one to get done, so it's either going to be one of those that you just walk away and say, 'It was too hard', or it comes together beautifully and you really take it on."
While she waits, we suggest Angie studies these 6 actresses who've all played the dark-haired beauty to see what worked — and what didn't — in their various adaptations!
Claudette Colbert in 1934's *Cleopatra*
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
The film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, has mostly positive reviews and was nominated for 5 Oscars back in the day, including Best Picture. It took home one for Best Cinematography.
Vivien Leigh in 1945's *Caesar and Cleopatra*
Rotten Tomatoes rating: No score available
This film, dubbed a romantic comedy, was not meant to be historically accurate. It did not do well at the box office and effectively ended director Gabriel Pascal's career. It was nominated, though, for a single Oscar for Best Art Direction.
Sophia Loren in 1954's *Two Nights with Cleopatra*
Loren was actually a last minute replacement for the duel role of Cleopatra and slave girl Nisca. In general, the Italian actress received favorable reviews for her portrayal.
Elizabeth Taylor in 1963's *Cleopatra*
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 48%
Taylor's version of the Egyptian queen is by far the most well-known. The film cost a whopping $44 million to make ($320 million in today's dollars) and was not received well by critics. It will forever be remembered, however, for the infamous affair between it's two leads — Taylor and Richard Burton — which began on set.
Leonor Varela in 1999's *Cleopatra*
Varela starred opposite Billy Zane in the TV mini-series that received mostly positive reviews from critics and four primetime Emmy nominations. Like Taylor and Burton before them, Varela and Zane fell in love on set and became engaged soon after.
Monica Bellucci in 2002's *Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra*
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Based on '60s French comic books, the film was a sequel of sorts to a 1999 French box-office hit starring characters Asterix and Obelix. Based on its Rotten Tomatoes score, it appears people like it.
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