Angelina Jolie: "I Would Be Honored" to Play Cleopatra

Entertainment Jul. 21, 2010 AT 5:36PM
Angelina Jolie: "I Would Be Honored" to Play Cleopatra Credit: Barry King/; ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Angelina Jolie thinks it would be swell to play the Queen of the Nile.

At Monday's Salt premiere in Hollywood, she told reporters "I would be honored" to play Cleopatra in an upcoming new biopic. "But," Jolie, 35, added, "we haven't gotten the script yet."

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Last month, book publisher Little, Brown confirmed that Jolie was in talks to portray the famous Egyptian queen in a film adapation of upcoming historical biography Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life. "Angelina Jolie radiates grace and power, exactly the qualities that [authpr] Stacy Schiff finds in her biography of the most intriguing ruler who ever lived," Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch told Us.

Coincidentally, recent rumors also suggested that Jolie could play Elizabeth Taylor (who took on the Cleopatra role in a 1963 epic) in another future biopic.

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"I have never heard that before," Jolie said. "I don't think that anybody could be Elizabeth Taylor better than Elizabeth Taylor."

As for Jolie's current role as a CIA agent on the run in Salt, "I had a great time being her," she gushed Monday. "She is so many different people."

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Six moviegoers who won't catch the superstar's first flick of 2010: her children. "I can't show my kids movies where people are trying to kill me," Jolie explained.

Her love Brad Pitt -- who walked the red carpet with her for the premiere -- saw the action flick, though. "He liked it," she said.

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