Denis Villeneuve, the renowned director known for films such as “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049,” is planning several exciting projects for the future. According to the latest information, his next film after “Dune: Part 2” will be a historical drama about the life of Cleopatra. This news confirms previous rumors and heightens expectations for Villeneuve’s upcoming works.
It is said that the screenplay for “Cleopatra” was written by David Scarpa, known for his work on “Napoleon.” The film will be based on the bestselling book by Stacy Schiff, depicting Cleopatra’s ruthless rise to power and her skillful seduction. It’s important to note that this new adaptation is expected to take a different approach than the iconic 1963 film starring Elizabeth Taylor.
What makes this project even more intriguing is the casting choices. Zendaya, the talented actress known for her roles in “Euphoria” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” has accepted the offer to portray the young Queen of Egypt.
Additionally, the role of Octavius has been offered to Timothy Chalamet, who has received critical acclaim for his roles in films such as “Call Me by Your Name” and “Little Women.” It is reported that the filmmakers also want to see Daniel Craig in the role of Caesar, adding another level of star power to the production.
Denis Villeneuve’s next film will be ‘CLEOPATRA’ with Zendaya set to star as the titular character.
Timothee Chalamet has been offered the role of Octavius & Daniel Craig is being sought to play Caesar. Filming is being eyed for late 2024.
— Denis Villeneuve Universe (@DenisVfilms) November 9, 2023
Villeneuve promises an intriguing two-hour film filled with political intrigue, murders, and all the gritty elements that will make it exciting. As production is set to begin in 2024, fans of Villeneuve and historical dramas can eagerly anticipate the release of “Cleopatra.” With an incredible cast and a director known for his meticulous attention to detail, this project has all the makings of an unforgettable cinematic experience.