The Sony project has a long, turbulent history

By Derek Lawrence
September 27, 2017 at 08:49 PM EDT
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Cleopatra may have found her director.

EW has confirmed that Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct Sony’s long-gestating movie about the legendary Egyptian queen.

It’s been a lengthy and bumpy road to the big screen for Cleopatra. James Cameron and David Fincher are among the high-profile directors to have circled the project, and Angelina Jolie has been linked as a potential star. Representatives for Jolie didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment about her possible involvement.

In a 2011 interview with EW, Cleopatra producer Scott Rudin said of Jolie, ”It’s only a movie with her [in it]. Who else could play it? Who do you get if not her? She’s a gigantic movie star, a great actress. She’s got an unbelievable variety of aspects to her.” On the other hand, leaked emails from the 2014 Sony hack revealed that Rudin once referred to Jolie as a “minimally talented spoiled brat.”

For Villeneuve, news of his potential Cleopatra involvement comes on the heels of effusive early reactions to his sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. This continues a career year for Villeneuve, who scored his first Oscar nomination in January for directing Arrival.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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