Gal Gadot breaks silence on the backlash surfacing over her casting as Cleopatra

Gal Gadot isn't letting concerns over her Cleopatra casting prevent her from making the upcoming movie. The actress took part in an interview with BBC Arabic to promote her new film Wonder Woman 1984. During the appearance, Gal was asked about Egyptians who feel that the star's role as Queen of that nation is an example of Hollywood whitewashing. "First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian," the Justice League star replied. "We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there. And I was very passionate about Cleopatra." Gal also championed the project for telling the "story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera." It was reported that Paramount Pictures had closed a deal to make Cleopatra, based on a script by Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis. The announcement spurred backlash on social media about a white actress portraying the part. This is not the first time that a Hollywood production has been hit with whitewashing concerns.