Angelina Jolie Grabs Monster-Mom Role, Teams with De Niro

Actress will star in an animated version of 'Beowulf' for 'Polar Express' director Robert Zemeckis.

Finally, an Angelina Jolie movie her kids can watch. Jolie has signed on to star in a big-screen adaptation of the epic English poem "Beowulf" to be directed by Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump").

The film, like Zemeckis' previous movie, "The Polar Express," will use performance-capture technology to transform live acting into computer animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story of the Scandinavian hero of the sixth century who slays a beast will star Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast") as Beowulf, who saves the Danes from Grendel the monster, portrayed by the always creepy Crispin Glover ("Willard," "Charlie's Angels").

Jolie, who played Colin Farrell's youngish mother in "Alexander," will again portray a maternal character in the film, taking on the role of Grendel's mom. The cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn and John Malkovich. The movie is scheduled for a 2007 release.

In the meantime, Jolie started work this week on "The Good Shepherd," a World War II-era drama following the dramatic early years of the CIA. The film, which co-stars Matt Damon, is being directed by Robert De Niro in his only official stint behind the camera since the 1993 gangster drama "A Bronx Tale."

Damon stars in "The Good Shepherd" as Edward Wilson, a smart young man who is recruited from Yale at the beginning of World War II to join the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA. Jolie portrays his wife, Clover. De Niro will star in the film as well, playing General Bill Sullivan, the Army official who handpicks Damon for the job. William Hurt ("The Village"), John Turturro ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), Billy Crudup ("Almost Famous"), Michael Gambon ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") and Alec Baldwin ("The Aviator") are also featured.

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