Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 director, Patty Jenkins, is reportedly stepping down as the director of the upcoming Cleopatra. The movie was set to be another project combining the might of Jenkins directing with her frequent star actress, Gal Gadot, in the titular role. However, due to Jenkins’s commitments to Wonder Woman 3 and the developing Star Wars movie, Rogue Squadron, Jenkins is being replaced as the director of Cleopatra and moving into a producing role. Instead, Kari Skogland will step in as the Cleopatra director.
Kari Skogland recently received praise as the director of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series on Disney+. However, before directing the hit Marvel series, Skogland directed five episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale as well as episodes from TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Americans, and House of Cards.
Kari Skogland and Gal Gadot’s Cleopatra is set to be a product of Paramount, who bought the rights to the film last fall. The script for it was written by Laeta Kalogridis, who created the series, Altered Carbon. Kalogridis also wrote several movies, including Shutter Island, Alita: Battle Angel, and Terminator Genisys.
The upcoming Cleopatra movie is a biographical drama. It is based on the life and legend of the real Cleopatra, who was the ruler of Egypt for nearly three decades and known for the political alliances she made. However, Cleopatra is also well known as a lover of both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. Because of this, she is often portrayed in art, literature, and film as a savvy and seductive woman of power.
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