Cleo Jolie

Is Angelina Jolie going to play Cleopatra in a 3-D movie directed by James Cameron, based on the book by Stacy Schiff?

The answer is unclear. On NPR’s Morning Edition today, Tina Brown raved about the book in a “must-reads” segment and casually stated that Cleopatra “is about to be played by Angelina Jolie.”  However, just last week, Cameron told the Fox News entertainment blog, PopTarts, “I am not doing Cleopatra. That has been decided.” Yet, in an interview in WSJ’s entertainment blog Speakeasy (don’t you just love these blog titles?), Stacy Schiff said,  “Angelina Jolie is immensely interested in playing Cleopatra.”

So, maybe the answer is that Jolie is still in and producer Scott Rudin is looking for another director.

But, what does it matter, if the rumors bring people to read the book. On NPR, Brown said, “I just love this book…it is so well-written that it’s almost like a novel in its juicy literary flair…Schiff’s portrayal of Alexandria, turns the city itself into a kind of siren.” She’s so taken with it that she read from the book.

The book is piling up fans among book critics and is currently at #16 on Amazon’s sales rankings, where it has been for almost a week, so we can expect to see it on the upcoming NYT list. Holds are growing and are heavy in some libraries.

Cleopatra: A Life
Stacy Schiff
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316001929 / 9780316001922

Hachette LARGE PRINT; Hdbk; 9780316120449; $31.99
Hachette Audio; UNABR; 9781607887010; $34.98

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