Previously, Jolie had planned on portraying Cleopatra on the big screen but the project was fraught with problems, many of them detailed in the notorious hacked email exchanges between Sony executives.
Jolie’s demands at that time caused producer Scott Rudin to call her a ‘minimally talented spoiled brat’ with a ‘rampaging ego’ who was ‘seriously out of her mind.’
Th role of Catherine the Great seems custom-made for Jolie. She was an astute ruler who withstood a dozen uprisings during her reign and was a champion of the arts. And we know from the hacked Sony correspondence that Jolie was excited by the prospect of playing a historical figure who was both commanding and highly sexual.
The book Jolie has optioned centers on the grand love affair between Catherine the Great and Grigory Potemkin, so it’s reasonable to wonder whether Brad Pitt will be involved. If not, Brad will have to stand aside as his wife portrays a figure often described as a nymphomaniac.
Actresses who have played Catherine the Great in the past include Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Zeta-Jones. But no doubt Angelina will bring that extra pizazz.
If Cleopatra is indeed off the table for Jolie, who would you like to see her play next? Weigh in below!
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