Steven Soderbergh is up to film a rock-n-roll 3D musical called “Cleo” about the ancient Egyptian Queen Cleopatra featuring music written by an indie rock band “Guided by Voices”. The leading roles of the world’s most famous female monarch Cleopatra and her lover Marc Antony are rumored to be given to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman.
Both Catherine and Hugh have experience acting in musicals; she played in the musical “Chicago”, this role brought her an “Oscar”, while he starred in the western musical “Oklahoma!”
A number of popular publications, including the Global Mail, at once rushed to compare Catherine Zeta-Jones with Elizabeth Taylor, who played Cleopatra in the six-hour movie “Cleopatra” back in 1963; the movie is known as one of the most expensive movie-projects in the history of world cinematography as its budget was about $300 million. The film wasn’t very popular.
Soderbergh recently wrapped up his work on two movies: “Che” starring Benicio Del Toro and thriller “The Informant” starring Matt Damon. The director is planning to start filming this musical as soon as they find a studio.
Photos of Catherine Zeta-Jones and “Cleopatra” Elizabeth Taylor: telegraph.co.uk, seraphicpress.com.