Angelina Jolie is set to start in "A Mighty Heart," a film produced by husband Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle.
Based on Mariane Pearl and Sarah Crichton's book "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of my Husband Danny Pearl," the film will be distributed by Paramount Vantage and directed by Michael Winterbottom ("Jude").
Jolie, an Oscar winner for "Girl, Interrupted," will play Mariane Pearl in the project, which focuses on Mariane and on her husband Daniel Pearl, the late Wall Street Journal reporter.
"I am delighted that Angelina Jolie will be playing my role in the adaptation of my book," Mariane Pearl says. "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."
Born in France, Mariane Pearl is a documentary filmmaker who has hosted a daily radio show for Radio France International and has written for Telerama. She was married to Daniel Pearl from 1999 until 2003, when he was kidnapped and murdered by extremists in Pakistan.
"I hope the film will serve as a lasting remembrance of Danny's life and the incredible journey Mariane endured to uncover the truth," says Paramount Vantage President John Lesher. "I am tremendously proud to join Michael, Angelina, Brad, along with Mariane in sharing this courageous story with all those who have been touched by it. Michael Winterbottom has given an authenticity to so many thought provoking films during his career and Danny and Mariane's story will be treated with the same respect and urgency he has brought to his considerable body of work."
Plan B originally set "A Mighty Heart" up at Warner Bros. when the shingle was set up at the studio.
Another Daniel Pearl film is in pre-production at Beacon Pictures with Josh Lucas expected to star.
Jolie recently ended her post-childbirth hiatus by signing on to do a vocal turn in the animated "Kung Fu Panda." Shiloh's mother was most recently seen in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and will next appear in this winter's "The Good Shepherd" and in 2007's "Beowulf."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times