Angelina Jolie to Play ‘Gertrude Bell’ in New Biopic

Tj Weaver November 17, 2011 1

Angelina Jolie has portrayed some of the strongest female characters in cinema history. She’s played a russian spy in Salt, a determined mother in Changeling, and one badass wife in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. This time our mother of six will head to Iraq to star in Gertrude Bell, a bio pic about the pioneering figure in the Middle East, who was also an English writer and an archaeologist.

The Prometheus and Blackhawk Down director, Ridley Scott, has this film and a couple ofothers on his wish list to direct after he’s finished up with Prometheus, which hits theaters June 8, 2012, but no one has been signed on to direct.

According to THR:

“(Gertrude) has been described as the female Lawrence of Arabia for the impact the English woman had in the Middle East and her work in establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. With a passion for archeology and languages, she wrote about her adventures in the Ottoman Empire and desert kingdoms, traveling in not only a predominantly male world but one whose culture and religion was very alien to the British Empire,” according to the mag.

Looks like Jolie has no intention on slowing down, which is a great thing because she only gets better with age. Unfortunately, hubby Brad Pitt announced that his acting career could end within three to four years. Currently, Jolie is juggling several projects at this point: her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which theaters December 23rd, 2011, she’s attached to star in Disney’s Maleficent, and the sequel to Salt is in currently in the works.

Gertrude Bell