Catherine Zeta-Jones To Play Cleopatra

October 24, 2008 By:
Catherine Zeta-Jones To Play Cleopatra

Catherine Zeta-Jones has a sexy new role to add to her resume. She’s slated to play Cleopatra in Steven Soderbergh's 3-D live-action, rock-musical extravaganza about the legendary Egyptian queen and her ill-fated love affair with Roman politician Marc Antony.

The Hollywood Reporter says Soderbergh wants Hugh Jackman in the role of Antony. And Hugh’s no stranger to musicals….he even won a Tony back in 2004. Cleopatra will feature original music by indie rockers Guided by Voices, whose former bassist, James Greer, is an author and wrote the screenplay.

The $30 million film is the story of the Egyptian ruler as she hooks up with the Roman general and eventually commits suicide after she and Antony are defeated by Julius Caesar at the battle of Actium.