A few weeks ago, we reported that Angelina Jolie would soon be taking her final bow as leading lady and transitioning to a more permanent role behind the scenes. Now, we finally know exactly when that shift will occur.
“It’s one of those you feel like, well, maybe that’s the one you put everything into, and that’s where you end it, that’s where you finish — in a great way,” said Jolie, confirming that she will star in the buzzed-about Cleopatra biopic. “What could you do beyond that one?”
Though confirmations have yet to be made on the director (rumor has it that Oscar winner Ang Lee of Life of Pi and Gone Girl’s David Fincher are contending), Jolie said that the script is ready to go.
“It’s complicated to get this one right. I think we’re getting there. It’s very close. I imagine the preparation for it is going to be big,” she said, alluding to unavoidable comparisons that will be made to 1963’s Cleopatra starring the late Elizabeth Taylor. She later added that “There’s been lots of different ideas of directors and a lot of different discussions. The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer.”
Even if this does turn out to be Jolie’s last leading role, it won’t be her final run at the Oscars. “I’m able to be selective and I would like to focus more on writing and directing,” she shared during a press call in London for Maleficent earlier this month. Her third directorial project, Unbroken could have a great campaign for the Academy Awards when it premieres on Christmas Day with the top billed Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson. So, silver screen aside, Hollywood will still be under Jolie’s spell.