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The rumour mill is swirling about a possible new Cleopatra movie, but the internet has already summoned up the inevitable backlash which comes with casting nowadays.

Cleopatra has featured in over TWENTY movies, tv shows and animations, and has been portrayed previously by Hollywood queen Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert.

Allegedly, a new biopic about the Egyptian ruler is in the works from Sony, with Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie as frontrunners to be considered for the role.

Elizabeth Taylor infamously played the role, and also popularised kohl eyeliner and black wigs in the meantime. Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert also had their chance to play her back in the day.

However, there's a serious debate over Cleopatra's ethnicity, with some Twitter users claiming a black or ethnically diverse actress deserves the chance to play the character.

Others argue that Cleopatra was of Greek and Macedonian descent, which technically means she was Caucasian… so Twitter is pretty divided to say the least.

Complex starring roles for women are still far and few between in Hollywood, meaning that this role is the chance of a lifetime for an actress.

Twitter debate about Cleopatra began as a Lady Gaga vs Angelina battle, but it was soon asked whether a white woman should play her at all.

IMDb list the new biopic as in production, with Angelina Jolie being considered since back in 2014, but Lady Gaga's newfound Hollywood fame resulted in her name being suggested.

Social media users are now mentioning women of colour in a bid to give them a deserved chance, including big names such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Jameela Jamil and Jennifer Lopez.

Hollywood's lengthy history of shutting out actresses and actors of colour from contention has proven problematic, I mean did anyone see Prince of Persia? Jake Gyllenhaal, you should have known better.

According to Vox, in 2009 archaeologists discovered the remains of a woman they're convinced is Princess Arsinoe, who was Cleopatra’s sister. Her remains indicated that her mother was African.

Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton created a 3D computer animated image of Cleopatra as a brown-skinned woman using forensics.

According to Ashton: “She probably wasn’t just completely European. You’ve got to remember that her family had actually lived in Egypt for 300 years by the time she came to power.”

No one has fully confirmed her ethnicity, with some researchers maintaining that she was pure-blooded Macedonian, and others disagreeing. 

Whatever her ethnicity is, maybe at least give diverse actresses an audition? Bit of equality in Hollywood never hurt anyone…

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The similarities between her and her older sister, Kim Kardashian, have been well documented… as has the rumour that Kim Kardashian isn't always happy with how Kylie Jenner emulates her look.

Still, the younger clan member shows no sign of putting an end of to her homage: this evening she once again is channelling a VERY Kimmy Kay vibe.

Wearing a poker-straight black wig with a blunt fringe, the 18-year-old's large brown eyes were accentuated with thick black liner.

She posted the dramatic snap to her Instagram account this evening along with the simple caption, "eyes".

And after her birthday party look largely failed to impress – perhaps Ms Jenner is eager to embrace new trends.

Whatever her motivations – it works! In fact, we reckon she looks like Hollywood screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 classic Cleopatra

Kylie has sported numerous different hair styles this year – often resorting to wigs to achieve a startling different hue or length.

We actually assumed she'd begin running out of options pretty soon… but it seems the youngest member of reality TV's First Family has plenty more surprises up her sleeve. 

Back in 2011, just as her fame really began to take off, Kim posed up for a Cleopatra-inspired shoot for the March edition of Harper's Bazaar.

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We reckon Sony officials will rethink before they write any emails after this incident! Following a computer hack that occurred at the company last week, emails from top heads at Sony have been leaked – and they’re not pretty!

The emails between Sony Pictures co-chairperson, Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, printed on Gawker, show the hassle that occurred between the planned Steve Jobs and Cleopatra movies.

David Fincher, director of this year’s Gone Girl, pulled out of the planned Cleopatra production back in 2013, much to the annoyance of Angelina Jolie, who was supposed to be the lead role.

According to the emails, Angelina was not happy about David heading over to work on the Steve Jobs biopic, and the messages between Amy and Scott show just how tense things had got.

Amy wrote to the producer: “She [Angelina assumedly] is upset about us giving David Jobs. She wants to talk” to which Scott fires back: “She’ll survive it. I don’t want to waste my time on this … I’ve told you exactly how I want do this material. It’s the ONLY way I want to do this material. I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and we don’t.”

Yikes – something tells us Angelina’s days with Sony Pictures may have come to an end after those harsh words!

The emails also claim that Adam Driver was a "terrible idea" for the new Star Wars movie and also branded Michael Fassbender a fantastic actor but "not yet a star". 

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