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Angelina Jolie to play Cleopatra

June 14, 2010 17:39 IST

Angelina Jolie is all set to portray legendary Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, in a new biopic with partner Brad Pitt playing her lover Marc Anthony.

With the 35-year-old beauty in in mind, film producer Scott Rudin has purchased the film rights to upcoming biography Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life opposite Pitt, who raises six children with her, USA Today reported.

"The movie is being developed for and with Jolie," the producer's office said in a statement. Cleopatra has previously been played by Elizabeth Taylor among others in a lavish 1963 film where her Roman lover Marc Anthony was portrayed by Taylor's real-life love, Richard Burton.

Stacy Schiff, who wrote the new biography which is set to come out this November admits that the superstar would be ideal in the role. "I think Angelina would be perfect for it and I can see a possible Oscar in her future.

For Marc Anthony? Brad Pitt. They are the Burton/Taylor of our day, reconciling and breaking up within a day in the tabloids," Schiff said.

The movie is said to be directed by Steven Soderbergh of Che fame.

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