Angelina Jolie Catching Heat for Cleopatra Role

Celebuzz | June 17, 2010 - 3:08 pm

Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of Angelina Jolie playing the Queen of the Nile.

The Salt beauty has signed on to play Cleopatra in the upcoming film adaptation of the Stacy Schiff biography Cleopatra: A Life, and the Internet is abuzz with anger about the fact that, once again, Cleopatra is being played by someone who, uh, might not look terribly like the historical figure.

One article, bluntly titled “Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?” laments,

“Honestly, I don’t care how full Angelina Jolie’s lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman…Were Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry  and Thandie Newton unavailable for auditions that day? Why does Hollywood think it’s even slightly plausible to cast white women in roles that would be more sensible to cast a black actress for? Especially when that role is an African queen.”

Clutchmagonline, meanwhile, grouses,

“We can debate Cleopatra’s ethnic make up all day long. But the fact is, there is increasing scientific evidence confirming Cleopatra was a Black woman –whether or not she had a dark complexion is not the issue–Cleopatra was an African queen. It is artistically and morally irresponsible for Angelina Jolie to accept this role.”

Wow. That’s a heavy charge. 

Do you think Angelina is right for the role of Cleopatra? If not her, then who? Let us know in the comments section.