Angelina Jolie's second directorial project Unbroken is not hitting theaters for another three months, and she's currently working on By the Sea, but the woman has already scored another job directing a film named Africa.
The film is based on the true story of Richard Leakey, a Kenyan conservationist and paleoanthropologist, and his struggle against ivory poachers' in his attempt to protect Kenya's African elephant population. Seems like the perfect movie for Jolie, who said, via Variety:
"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…"
Alright. I know the outspoken Honorary Dame Angelina Jolie has done a considerable amount of humanitarian work in African countries like Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Sudan. But again, for the folks at home, Africa is not a single place nor is it a monolithic culture, and to name a movie based on a struggle specific to Kenya "Africa" seems a bit reckless.
Still, I am sure Jolie will do a fine job with the story and script.
Image via AP.