Angelina Jolie is set to star in Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.The Oscar-winning actress has taken a hiatus from major Hollywood projects in recent years, and was last seen onscreen in 2015’s By the Sea with her former husb…
Angelina Jolie is set to star in Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.
The Oscar-winning actress has taken a hiatus from major Hollywood projects in recent years, and was last seen onscreen in 2015’s By the Sea with her former husband Brad Pitt, as well as directing 2017 biographical drama First They Killed My Father.
But according to editors at Deadline, Jolie has now lined up her next feature, an adaptation of Michael Koryta’s 2014 novel of the same name.
Sheridan will be directing and penning the script, which will be set against the backdrop of the endless miles of desolate Montana mountains. It has not yet been confirmed which character Jolie will play, though shooting is expecting to begin in May (19) after Sheridan completes work on the second season of his TV series Yellowstone. No other casting details have been announced.
Jolie has several other films in the pipeline, as she recently wrapped filming on Disney’s Maleficent 2, in which she reprised her role as Maleficent from the 2014 movie. She is also in the post-production phases of animated flick The One and Only Ivan, where she voices the character of Stella.
In addition, the 43-year-old will play Rose in Brenda Chapman’s Come Away, which has been described as a prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.
Meanwhile, Sheridan has carved a name for himself in the gritty thriller genre, having written the screenplays for 2015’s Sicario and its follow-up movie Sicario 2: Soldado. He also wrote the story for 2016’s Hell or High Water and 2017 crime-drama Wind River, on which he made his directorial debut. It is unclear whether or not he is still making an action-thriller titled Fast, which was set to feature Chris Pratt as an ex-special forces commander.
Maleficent 2 is set for release in May 2020.
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Angelina Jolie has signed on as producer of a biopic about legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe. Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story will tell the story of the late athlete, who won Olympic gold medals while representing the U.S. in the pentathl…
Angelina Jolie has signed on as producer of a biopic about legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe.
Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story will tell the story of the late athlete, who won Olympic gold medals while representing the U.S. in the pentathlon and decathlon in 1912. He then went on to play Major League Baseball before playing for six teams in the National Football League (NFL).
“I’m honoured to be working on this project,” Angelina said in a statement to Variety. “I have had the privilege of spending time with (his son) Bill Thorpe, and will be listening to and guided by the Tribes and the Thorpe family in the making of this film.”
Thorpe will be portrayed by Martin Sensmeier, an American actor of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, and Irish descent who has had roles in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, Westworld and Wind River. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his Tribes.
Martin will executive produce the project alongside Josh Aker and Justine Hunt. Other producers include Escape Artist Productions’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch, as well as Abraham Taylor, who penned the original screenplay with Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo.
The project has received support from certain Native American tribes and Thorpe’s family, who will be involved in the production, the latest to focus on the athlete since a 1951 film starring Burt Lancaster.
“My brother Richard and I are the only surviving children of Jim Thorpe,” Bill said. “Our father’s accomplishments in life are a great source of pride to us. In the more than six decades since Burt Lancaster’s Jim Thorpe: All American, our family has heard of dozens of attempts to bring this story to modern audiences, but we have never shared the vision of a movie until the authentic portrayal in Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story.”
Angelina’s recent producing credits include the Oscar-nominated animated feature The Breadwinner and First They Killed My Father, which she also wrote and directed.
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