James Cameron: Angelina Jolie Will Make a “Hot” Cleopatra

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Does James Cameron have the hots for Angelina Jolie?

In an interview with the New York Times, the 56-year-old director confirms that he's been in talks to helm a 3-D Cleopatra film starring the 35-year-old actress.

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"There's a Cleopatra project in works, meaning that it's been in development at Sony. And it's a subject that's always fascinated me," he says, though he points out that no decisions have been finalized.

"But it sounds hot, doesn't it? I mean, Angelina Jolie and Cleopatra? To me, that's like a slam dunk," he continues. "Whether I wind up doing it or not, I think it's going to be a great project."

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Jolie — who recently resumed directing her Bosnian war film after permit issues forced her to halt production — told UsMagazine.com in July that she "would be honored" to play the part of the Egyptian Queen, though she hadn't "gotten the script yet."

Still, not everyone shares Cameron's enthusiasm for Jolie's newest role.

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In an Essence.com story called "Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?" published in June, the author blasted Sony's casting decision.

"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," the author complained. "I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman."

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