Now here’s a casting match made in movie heaven.
At a lunch this week in Manhattan to promote Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff’s new book, "Cleopatra: A Life," Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch said Rudin envisions Jolie starring as the Queen of the Nile.
Rudin’s office then confirmed that the project "is being developed for and with Jolie," who Schiff describes as having "the perfect look" to play the character.
Calls to Rubin’s office by TheWrap were not immediately returned.
As for who would play Julius Caesar in the movie, Schiff was stumped, but she did say that Jolie’s partner Brad Pitt would be a "no-brainer" to play Marc Antony.
Rudin acquired the rights to Schiff’s tome back in 2006 after reading a ten-page proposal.
Elizabeth Taylor most famously played the regal role in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s "Cleopatra," which was the highest grossing film in 1963 yet lost money for 20th Century Fox due to its then-enormous $44 million budget.
More recently, director Steven Soderbergh was developing a 3D musical version with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Ray Winstone and a score from Guided By Voices, but that production was put on the back burner when Sony pitched "Moneyball" to the Oscar-winning filmmaker, who swung and missed the chance to direct.