Another White Cleopatra

CNN News Wire | 6/17/2010, 8:01 p.m.
The author of the biography “Cleopatra: A Life” may be hailing Angelina Jolie as the perfect choice to play the ...

On African American blogs and message boards, people are speaking out against the casting of Jolie in a role they believe should go to an actress of color.

Essence.com recently featured a commentary titled, “Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?” where the writer opined, “Honestly, I don't care how full Angelina Jolie's lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a Black woman.”

Clutchmagonline.com points out that the Egyptian royal has already been portrayed by three actresses who were not of color: actress Claudette Colbert in 1934, actress Vivien Leigh in 1945 and the most famous Cleopatra to date, Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.

Stacy Schiff, author of the forthcoming “Cleopatra: A Life,” reportedly endorsed Jolie to play the role according to USA Today. “I think be perfect for it and I can see a possible Oscar in her future,” the writer said. “Physically, she’s got the perfect look.”

Talk is swirling that Jolie’s real life love, Brad Pitt, could play Mark Anthony a la legendary lovers Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1963 version of the film.

Do you think Jolie is the ideal Queen of the Nile?