Angelina Jolie to Direct Herself and Pitt in Film


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Angelina Jolie will star in By the Sea with fiancé Brad Pitt, a film which the actress wrote and will direct.

The last time the couple appeared together onscreen was in 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where the two met and got together. Mrs. & Mrs. Smith grossed $478,207,520 worldwide, which was at the time the largest box office return for both superstar actors.

Universal Pictures is financing By the Sea, and there's been speculation that the film could be an "intimate, character-driven drama" that Jolie penned several years ago, concerning a couple with issues who take a vacation in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta confirmed that By the Sea would be partially filmed at Mgarr is-Xini, and is set for an August start. The film will be released in 2015, roughly 10 years and six children later after Jolie and Pitt first met on the Mrs. & Mrs. Smith set.

By the Sea will mark Jolie's third directorial effort. In 2011 she directed In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set against the Bosnian War. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2013 Jolie directed Unbroken, a film about the World War II hero Lou Zamperini, a former Olympian who survived a plane crash and spent two years in a Japanese POW camp. Joel and Ethan Coen adapted the script from Laura Hillenbrand's biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

Here is the trailer for Unbroken, which hits theaters on Christmas day:

Commenting on her partnership with Universal, Jolie remarked, [Universal] "has created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker."

Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley added, "Angelina and Brad represent two of Hollywood's brightest talents, and we are excited to be a part of their collaboration on this powerful piece."

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