Angelina Jolie to Play Wife of Slain ‘WSJ’ Reporter Daniel Pearl in New Film


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, whose relationship was spawned on a film set, will again work together — this time on a movie based on the life of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.

Jolie will star as Pearl’s wife, Mariane Pearl, in an adaptation of her book, “A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl,” it was announced Thursday. Pitt will produce the film, directed

In an ironic twist, the movie will be produced by Revolution Films and Plan B, the production company Pitt and his wife, Jennifer Aniston, founded. Pitt and Aniston, who were divorced last year, remain co-owners of the company.

It is the first announced on-screen role for Jolie, 31, since the birth of daughter Shiloh Nouvel, born in Namibia in May. The couple have two older children, 18-month-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia.

Pitt, 42, and Jolie first collaborated as co-stars in last year’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

“I am delighted that Angelina Jolie will be playing my role in the adaptation of my book,” Pearl said in a statement. “I deeply admire her work and what she is committed to.”

Neither a start date for shooting nor an estimated release date for the film, which will be produced and distributed by Paramount Vantage were announced. There was no announcement about who would play Daniel Pearl.

The movie will be based on Mariane Pearl’s account of her husband’s abduction in Karachi, Pakistan, while researching a story on Islamic militancy. Months later, his beheaded body was found in a shallow grave in a compound on the outskirts of Karachi.

Pitt, who is producing a slew of upcoming films, will next star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel” and as Jesse James in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

Jolie will next be seen in “The Good Shepherd,” directed by Robert De Niro. She will also lend her voice to two animated features: “Beowulf” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

In producing “A Mighty Heart,” Pitt is joined by Dede Gardner of Plan B and Andrew Eaton of Revolution Films.

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