Jolie to Play Pearl's Widow

Jolie to play Pearl's wife

New York: Actress Angelina Jolie will play the widow of American journalist Daniel Pearl in a new film directed by English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, Daily Variety reported Thursday.
‘A Mighty Heart’ will begin shooting within the next five weeks, the paper said. The film is adapted from Mariane Pearl’s own memoir. She was pregnant when her husband, who worked for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped in Karachi in 2002 and endured a desperate few months before his body was found, according to the report.
“I am delighted that Angelina Jolie will be playing my role in the adaptation of my book,” Daily Variety quoted Mrs Pearl as saying.
“I deeply admire her work and what she is committed to. I am also happy that Michael Winterbottom, a versatile and talented director who genuinely loves truth, will be working on this project as well.” Jolie’s companion, actor Brad Pitt, will serve as a producer of the project, which is set up at Paramount Vantage, the art-house arm of Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures.
A Mighty Heart will be the first major film project for Jolie, 31, following the birth of daughter Shiloh in May. Jolie is also the goodwill ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has visited Pakistan in that capacity.
Meanwhile another report had it that when Mariane Pearl completed her book, “A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl” in late 2003, Warner Brothers reportedly paid more than $500,000 for the film rights.
The Plan B production company was to make the film, under the direction of owners Pitt and Aniston, who at the time were a couple, and Aniston was to play Mariane Pearl.
Soon thereafter, however, Aniston and Pitt severed their marital and professional relationships. Pitt then entered into a relationship with Jolie, who now is to play the role of Pearl’s wife.


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