UPDATE: Us Magazine has now confirmed that Jolie will, indeed, play Cleopatra in the upcoming film.

There was Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and dozens more, but now it seems as though we'll be adding yet another name to the long list of ladies to play Cleopatra, Angelina Jolie. As reported by USA Today, producer Scott Rudin nabbed the rights to Stacy Schiff's upcoming biography, Cleopatra: A Life. While discussing the news at a luncheon to promote the book, Schiff and Little, Brown publisher, Michael Pietsch, revealed Rubin acquired the work with Jolie in mind for the lead role. That's great, but you can't always get what you want, right? Not in the producer of No Country for Old Men, Doubt and Fantastic Mr. Fox's case. Rudin's office confirmed the news; the film "is being developed for and with Jolie."

According to the book's description on Amazon, Schiff will explore the usual and delve into the elements of the Queen of the Nile's regal existence including her ascension to the throne at 18, the power struggle with her younger brother, her romance with Julius Caesar, an affair with Mark Antony and ultimately, her demise. So what makes this book worth reading over the slew already on the market? "Stacy Schiff accomplishes a feat that has eluded artists and writers for centuries: capturing fully the operatic life of an exceptionally seductive and powerful woman, whose death ushered in a new world order."
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