Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie is in a race row with objections being raised to her playing Queen Cleopatra, the legendary Queen of Nile. The casting has angered members of the African-American community, reported Daily Mail online.
The film’s producer, Scott Rudin, said she has “the perfect look”. An Essence Magazine story titled Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?, raised the topic, saying, “Honestly, I don’t care how full Angelina Jolie’s lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman.”
“Why does Hollywood think it’s even slightly plausible to cast white women in roles that would be more sensible to cast a black actress for? Especially when that role is an African queen,” read the article.