Angelina Jolie to Star in Gertrude Bell


It’s about time Angelina Jolie got back to making movies. Then again, with the buttload of money she has, she doesn’t really have to but with all the kids she has, well, money doesn’t grow on trees unfortunately.

The actress, who usually does all sorts of roles kicking ass and dramatic roles like in 2008’s “The Changeling”, is set to star in “Gertrude Bell”, a biopic of a pioneering figure in the Middle East in the early 20th Century. The project is being developed by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions.

According to THR, Bell has been described as the female Lawrence of Arabia for the impact the English woman had in the Middle East and her work in establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. With a passion for archeology and languages, she wrote about her adventures in the Ottoman Empire and desert kingdoms, traveling in not only a predominantly male world but one whose culture and religion was very alien to the British Empire.

During World War I, Bell worked for British Intelligence and was a key asset to the English¹s dismantling of the Ottoman Empire and founding of Iraq, even winning the admiration many Arabs as she navigated tribes, diplomats and soldiers.

Jeffrey Caine, writer of 1995’s “Goldeneye” and 2005’s “The Constant Gardner” is writing the screenplay. The project is not set up at a studio and is still in development.

And although Jolie’s last film was “Kung Fu Panda 2”, her directorial debut of “In the Land of Blood and Honey” will be hitting theaters in North America this Christmas. Jolie also has a number of projects in development including “Salt 2”, an untitled Kay Scarpetta project scheduled for next year and 2013’s “Maleficent”.

In case you missed the trailer for “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, you can see it here.