Ray Winstone Joins Soderbergh’s “Cleopatra”

Ray Winstone has been cast as Julius Caesar in Steven Soderbergh’s musical based on the life of Cleopatra reports MTV News.

Talking with the director himself, Soderbergh explained why he wanted to do the film – “I wanted to do a real rock n roll musical like ‘Tommy.’ During my research it appeared that most were female driven. So I started thinking about female protagonists. I was thinking about Catherine. It doesn’t take too long to think about Catherine and famous female historical figures to get to get to Cleopatra.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to play Cleopatra and Hugh Jackman is almost locked for Mark Antony. Reports of the film being set in the 1920’s have been refuted – “it’s a period story all the way” but all of it will be done on backlots rather than on-location.

James Greer, a former member of indie band Guided by Voices, penned the script “He went away for like six weeks and wrote this great script! it’s like an Elvis musical in a way. it’s not serious. I mean it’s historically pretty accurate but its sort of like ‘Viva Las Vegas’ meets ‘Tommy'”. GBV’s music will be used throughout.

Filming is slated to commence in April.