Angelina Jolie is taking her act behind the scenes for her latest project. Jolie will write, produce and direct a film set during the Bosnian War in the early ’90s. She is working on the flick with GK Films, which made the announcement on its website.
The film, about a Bosnian woman and a Serbian military man who fall in love during the war, when the Bosniaks and Serbs were fighting each other, will serve as Jolie’s feature directorial debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter. GK Films says that actors of “various ethnicities from the region of the former Yugoslavia” will be cast.
Jolie will not be in the film, and filming is expected to take place this fall, with no locations being announced due to security concerns. The Oscar winner, who serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and frequently makes trips to the area, visited Sarajevo last weekend to discuss the refugee situation with some of the country’s leaders.
“The film is a love story, not a political statement,” Jolie said in a statement released by the UNHCR during her visit to the region last week. “I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can.”
GK Films produced her upcoming href="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/06/14/angelina-jolie-and-johnny-depp-go-boating-in-this-first-image-from-the-tourist/">Johnny Depp co-starring release, “The Tourist,” set to hit theaters in December. She is also slated to star in Tim Burton’s “Sleeping Beauty” as the film’s evil queen, Maleficent, and will assume the title role in “Cleopatra.”
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