No. I’m afraid not. But Halle Berry starring in a Hollywood film about Queen Zenobia is one heck of an idea.
What is coming out soon is another film on Cleopatra.
I do a lot of thinking on what would make a good podcast, and I find myself staring off into space at Starbuck’s dreaming of far away places and histories unwritten.
Lately I have been wondering about the mania that Cleopatra has over people, and I am wondering if its more Hollywood than anything else. I know it began with the major discoveries by Napolean scientists during his military campaign in Egypt, and the finds of buried Egyptian treasure in the 1920s that have captured peoples imaginations. But there was something else that started this Cleomania – the something else was called: film. Now Cleo was not just for those who could afford paintings, or attendance at the opera, or for those who spent their school years studying the classics, Cleo went national and then global. For a few pennies (yes…at one time the price of admission at a movie was a few pennies) you too could experience the QUEEN OF THE NILE.
YES, ANGELINA JOLIE HAS BEEN SIGNED TO PLAY CLEOPATRA.
Except…except…why Cleopatra? Why is it always Cleopatra?
I mean why not Queen Zenobia with Halle Berry in the starring role?
Think about it. If you really think about it…you too will be staring off into space next time you’re at Starbucks.