Gal Gadot Faces Backlash After Being Cast as Cleopatra | 22 Words

Twitter users have been targeting Gal Gadot after news of her new role was made public.

Gal Gadot has been slammed online after she was cast to play Cleopatra in an upcoming film...

While many were thrilled about the casting, others had some pretty "uneducated" opinions on the film.

The casting caused outrage from those who thought Cleopatra was black and North African...

Check out some of the hilarious comments below...

Other social media users were quick to point out Cleopatra was actually Greek or Persian.

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"Cleopatra was NOT black, she was of Greek descent, and there are even effigies of the time on how she looked like. People need to stop trying to rewrite history with the SJW stupidity of today," one user tweeted. "People are upset because Gal Gadot, who isn't black, is playing Cleopatra, who wasn't black either," Journalist Ian Miles Cheong quipped.

Cleopatra was reportedly the last leader of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in ancient Egypt.

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While she was born in Egypt, she was part of the Macedonian Greek royal family that ruled Egypt for 275 years, which means she was more than likely fair-skinned.

In books and paintings, she was depicted as having pale white skin...

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Despite this, Twitter still debated the queen's origins.

Gadot confirmed her role with her followers on Sunday.

The script for the new film is being written by Laeta Kalogridis, and fans can't wait to see what they do with the story.

Despite the backlash, Gal Gadot seems pretty stoked to be playing the iconic role...

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