Angelina Jolie Considers ‘Maleficent 2’ and Directorial Projects Galore Amid Divorce From Brad Pitt

Not done with Hollywood just yet. Angelina Jolie may reprise her role as the titular character in Maleficent 2 and has numerous directorial projects in the works amid her nasty and very public divorce from Brad Pitt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The site reports that Jolie, 41, will not be taking a step back from Hollywood, as has been previously speculated; instead, the By the Sea actor-director will be tackling a number of different projects in the coming year.

Her most recent directorial endeavor, First They Killed My Father, screened in Cambodia on Saturday, February 18, and Jolie made headlines when she brought all six kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — with her to meet Cambodian royalty and taste-test the local cuisine, including spiders.

Angelina Jolie greets members of the press while leaving a press conference ahead of the premiere of her new film "First They Killed My Father" set up at the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor on February 18, 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angelina Jolie greets members of the press while leaving a press conference ahead of the premiere of her new film 'First They Killed My Father' at the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor on Feb. 18, 2017, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Omar Havana/Getty Images

The Oscar winner’s next projects will keep her closer to home, however, with two large-scale projects in development for Universal: an adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair and The Spy Who Loved, a World War II espionage drama based on Clare Mulley’s 2012 book.

Jolie is also looking to develop what might be her next directing project, an adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s 2004 novel Without Blood, which tells the story of an unnamed war. On the other end of the genre spectrum, the U.N. special envoy is also a producer on the Disney kid’s film The One and Only Ivan.

Jolie’s last appearance in front of the camera was in By the Sea, which she also wrote and directed. Costarring her now ex-husband, Brad Pitt, the film bombed at the box office. In 2016, she lent her voice to Kung Fu Panda 3, as the character Tigress.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent Frank Connor ©Disney Enterprises

She is also considering starring in Universal’s remake of The Bride of Frankenstein and Sony’s Shoot Like a Girl, based on the true story of American Air Force major and helicopter pilot Mary Jennings Hegar.

As previously reported, while in Cambodia with her kids, Jolie opened up about her headline-making split from Pitt, 53, calling it a “difficult time.” 

“My family, we’ve all been through a difficult time,” Jolie said during a BBC interview when asked about how she’s been dealing with the stress of the divorce. “My focus is my children, our children, and it is — and my focus is finding this way through. And as I said, we are and forever will be a family. And so that is how I’m coping. I’m coping with finding a way through to make sure this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

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