Netflix Docudrama ‘Queen Cleopatra’ Stirs Controversy After Casting Black Lead

  • Critics from around the world are furious about Netflix’s casting decision for the docudrama “African Queens: Queen Cleopatra,” with one Egyptian attorney going as far as filing a complaint against the media company for allegedly misrepresenting history.
  • Adele James, who is of mixed heritage, plays the Egyptian ruler in the upcoming series, but many people disagree with casting the British actress to depict the famous queen.
  • The real Cleopatra was born in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in 69 BC, and most scholars agree that her primary ancestry was Greek Macedonian.