Brad Pitt May Star in Angelina Jolie’s Elephant Poaching Film ‘Africa’
Last fall, Angelina Jolie announced that she would be directing the elephant poaching film “Africa” in order to raise awareness for one of the world’s most threatened species and honor her deep connection to African culture. Today, the Oscar-winning actress has shared that the star of her upcoming film may in fact be her husband, 51-year-old Brad Pitt.
Pitt is currently involved in negotiations to portray the famous conservationist and paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted much of his life to fight ivory poachers in Africa and protect the elephants he loved.
Leakey was born in Kenya in 1944 and, as he began his career as a paleoanthropologist and traveled throughout the African continent, he developed a deep respect for African elephants. As the head of Kenya’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Department, he spent much of the 1980’s working to end the illegal poaching of elephants.
The film will be produced by a talented crew including David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Jon Peters and Eric Roth, the great mind behind “Forrest Gump.” Ellison is excited to be involved in the upcoming film and believes that Jolie is the perfect candidate to tell the story of Leakey’s inspirational life; “‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told. It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt met in 2005 while collaborating on the film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and have been together since that time. Although their public wedding did not take place until 2014, Jolie revealed that the couple married years ago, but kept the union private. The Jolie/Pitt family currently includes six children ranging from the ago of 6 to 13. Her first daughter, Zahara, was adopted from an orphanage in Africa and, when Jolie was ready to give birth to her second daughter, Shiloh, she traveled to Africa again to escape the media frenzy.
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