The Hollywood film industry is making all the right noise with new reboots and clarifications coming out. From Gal Gadot defending her casting as Cleopatra to Sex and the City coming to streaming service with a limited series, here’s what’s making news in Hollywood.
Gal Gadot defends her casting as Cleopatra against whitewashing charges
Israeli origin Hollywood star Gal Gadot has responded to criticism over her casting as Cleopatra in a new film on the life of the Egyptian queen. In an interview with BBC Arabic, Gadot was reminded that a section of Egyptian viewers were of the opinion that her casting as Queen Cleopatra is another instance of whitewashing in Hollywood, reports eonline.com. She said, "First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there. And I was very passionate about Cleopatra. To me, as a people's lover, and I have friends from across the globe, whether they're Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist or Jewish, of course," said the actress, adding: "People are people. And with me, I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honor this amazing historic icon that I admire so much."
Gadot pointed out that the film directed by Wonder Woman maker Patty Jenkins would tell the "story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera". The original Cleopatra, released in 1963, starred Elizabeth Taylor in the title role along with Richard Burton, and was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Sex and the City limited reboot in works at HBO Max, minus Kim Cattrall
A reboot of HBO’s popular fashionista dramedy Sex and the City is being eyed for a limited series for HBO Max streamer. An international portal reported that the parent company Warner Media is working out details to bring back the iconic series that was adapted from Candace Bushnell’s book. The series ran as an HBO original on the channel for six seasons between 1998-2004. Created by Darren Star, Sex and the City featured Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall as four friends navigating relationships and work in New York City. However, according to reports Cattrall will not be a part of the reboot as she has said she does not want to reprise her role.