Angelina Jolie to Play Cleopatra

Angelina Jolie will play Cleopatra in a biopic based on the upcoming book Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life, to be published by Little, Brown. The iconic role, played by Elizabeth Taylor in 1963, is a good match for Jolie, the book’s publisher says, because the actress "radiates grace and power, exactly the qualities that [author] Stacy Schiff finds in her biography of the most intriguing ruler who ever lived." The movie’s producer is Scott Rudin, who was behind popular films Julie & Julia and No Country for Old Men.