Angelina Jolie signs on to produce, direct biopic 'Africa'

Angelina Jolie signed on to produce and direct a new biopic titled “Africa”. (File photo: AFP)

Hollywood actress and director Angelina Jolie announced she signed on to produce and direct “Africa,” a biopic which tells the tale of Kenyan politician paleoanthropoligst Richard Leakey, Entertainment Weekly reported on Friday.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” Hollywood Reporter quoted Jolie as saying.

Leakey made it his priority during the 1980s and 1990s to battle with elephant poachers to protect the animals of Africa, while serving as head of Kenya’s wildlife Conservation Management Department.

Skydance Productions, currently producing “Star Trek 3” and the “Terminator: Genisys,” will be behind the film, along with Jolie. The film is written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Jolie’s World War II drama “Unbroken” is yet to hit theatres later this year.

“Unbroken” is an epic drama which sheds light on the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived a nearly fatal plane crash in WWII, lived 47 days in a raft, and then caught by the Japanese Navy who sent him to war prisoners’ camp.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43