In a few years Angelina Jolie will reach the grand age of 40, which is often the age actresses see a decline in the quality and quantity of roles in an industry which worships at the alter of youth. Luckily for Angelina Jolie she’s the only actress studios will put $100m+ behind (Salt), and her upcoming projects (Cleopatra, Maleficent) indicate she’ll be in demand for a while.
To ensure longevity actors have often turned to directing (George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck), and Angelina Jolie is aiming to do the same with her directorial debut In The Land of Blood and Honey.
The film, which Jolie also wrote, is a romantic drama about the troubled relationship between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man in the midst of the Bosnian war. Jolie said she wanted to “tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war”.
You can watch the impressive trailer (via The Playlist) below:
It’s too early to tell whether In The Land of Blood and Honey has a shot during the upcoming awards season, but it has an Oscar-friendly release date of December 23rd with FilmDistrict distributing. It would stand to make more at the box office if Jolie starred in it herself, but I think Jolie is just trying to prove she can direct (and from the trailer it looks like she can).