Hollywood Actresses Zendaya And Gal Gadot Spark Controversy As Rumors Suggest Zendaya May Be Stealing Gadot’s Role As Cleopatra In An Upcoming Historical Drama Directed By Denis Villeneuve
Zendaya, the 26-year-old actress known for her role as MJ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), has been making waves in Hollywood lately. Her success in the MCU, as well as her critically acclaimed performance in Dune (2021), has brought her to the attention of top directors in the industry. In particular, it seems that her collaboration with Denis Villeneuve on Dune has opened new doors for her.
According to film critic Jeff Sneider, there are rumors that Zendaya will be playing the lead role of Cleopatra in an upcoming historical drama directed by Villeneuve. This news has caused some controversy, as the role was previously attached to Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress best known for her portrayal of Wonder Woman. Nevertheless, Zendaya’s star power is expected to continue to rise with this new role.
Zendaya’s rise to fame began with her role as MJ in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), which she has reprised in subsequent MCU films. She has also had success as a musician, with her song “Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman (2017) becoming a commercial hit. Her breakthrough role as a leading actress came in the teenage drama Euphoria (2019-present), for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
With her upcoming role as Cleopatra, Zendaya’s career is expected to continue on an upward trajectory. It remains to be seen how the controversy surrounding the casting of an Israeli actress in an Egyptian role will affect the film’s reception, but there is no doubt that Zendaya’s star power will only continue to grow.