26 Dec 2020 3:04 PM +00:00 UTC

Wonder Woman 1984 Star Gal Gadot Shuts Down Cleopatra Whitewashing Criticism

In case you missed it, Gal Gadot will be reuniting with Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins for a non-DC project. The two have been confirmed to be working on a new Cleopatra movie where Gadot will play the historical leader. However, the news has been met with some criticism as some claim that casting the Justice League actress is whitewashing the legendary queen. Interestingly, Gadot has responded to the criticism in a recent interview.

Gadot recently spoke to BBC Arabic where she was asked about the casting and how it appeared that Cleopatra is being whitewashed in her new project. Not surprisingly, Gadot had a fitting response to the criticism.

"First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian," Gadot said. She then added that she and Jenkins were initially hoping to cast someone else for the role.

"We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra," Gadot added.

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It's no surprise that Gadot decided to take on the role herself. With that in mind, we can't wait to get some new updates on the Cleopatra movie soon.

In addition to Cleopatra and the first two Wonder Woman movies, there are speculations that Gadot and Jenkins will work together again on another comic book movie. However, Gadot had previously pointed out that there are no definite plans for Wonder Woman 3 just yet. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.

Wonder Woman 1984 is currently available for free on HBO Max.

Related: Wonder Woman 1984 Rotten Tomatoes Score is Here, Is it 'Certified Fresh'?