Angelina Jolie has booked her next directorial job after taking on a planned biopic about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his efforts to save elephants in Africa. The actress has signed on to bring Eric Roth's Africa screenplay to the big screen, and she'll also co-produce the project.
Jolie will reteam with revered cinematographer Roger Deakins for the film after working with him on war drama Unbroken, which will be released at Christmas (14).
Fossil expert Leakey became a champion for the elephant, combating poaching in Africa.
Announcing her next project on Friday (19Sep14), Jolie said, "I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and responded immediately to Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into a violent conflict that leads him to discover his own profound connection to that same place and people."
Jolie is currently filming By the Sea with her husband Brad Pitt in Malta.