Angelina Jolie has hinted sad news of retiring after Cleopatra which could be her final acting role.
While promoting her latest film Maleficent on BBC Radio Five Live, the Oscar-winning actress also appeared to confirm the Egyptian queen’s return to the big screen.
“We’ve been working on it,” she said. “There’s been lots of different ideas of directors and lots of different discussions. The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer.”
Added Jolie: “She’s complicated, it’s complicated to get this one right. I think we’re getting there. It’s getting close. I imagine the preparation for it is going to be big. It’s one of those that you think maybe that’s the one you put everything into and that’s where you end it, that’s where you finish – in a great way. What could you do beyond that one?”
Famous actress said last month at a press conference for her latest film that she would like to focus on directing and her humanitarian work as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “I’ve had a wonderful career and I’m very happy to have had all the opportunities to tell stories and work for as long as I have,” she said. “I’m sure there will be more films but I am happy I am able to be selective and have fun with characters like this but I would like to focus on writing and directing and above all I would like to focus more on my work with the UN.”
Jolie’s second film as a director, the biopic Unbroken, is set for release in the US this December. It stars Britain’s Jack O’Connell as second world war hero Lou Zamperini, a former Olympic track runner who survived a plane crash over sea and spent two years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
Her latest film Maleficent is a Disney’s classic which took $170.6m (£101.9m) worldwide on its debut, making it likely that its star will face pressure to shoot a sequel.
Jolie’s Cleopatra film has suffered development problems for a number of years. Directors such as James Cameron, Ang Lee and David Fincher expressed an interest at various times to work on this project. The screenplay is said to be based on Pulitzer prize-winner Stacy Schiff’s 2010 biography Cleopatra: A Life.
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