Angelina Jolie is plotting to return to the limelight with a string of new movie projects including Maleficent 2 and The Spy Who Loved.
The 41-year-old actress-and-director was spotted frying a tarantula to eat with her children in Cambodia earlier this week but it seems she’s also cooking up a plan to get back in front of the camera after turning her back on big Hollywood movie roles.
Jolie is in talks to star in World War II drama The Spy Who Loved based on Clare Mulley’s book of the same name, and is said to be developing Without Blood with a view to direct, as well as signing on to produce The One and Only Ivan for Disney.
What’s more, she’s reportedly keen to revive her role as the the vengeful titular fairy in Disney’s Maleficent 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 41-year-old star – who was in Cambodia to promote her new Netflix movie First They Killed My Father – has had a difficult few months tackling her divorce with Brad Pitt and it’s not clear whether the acting and producing couple will continue to work together on their next planned title Africa.
And though she was praised for her turn behind the camera with 2014’s Unbroken, Jolie’s 2015 movie By the Sea – which she directed and starred in opposite her then-husband Pitt – was a flop and cost $25 million to make, while earning a mere $500,000 domestically.
Meanwhile, the star thinks First They Killed My Father helped her understand her son Maddox’s birth country of Cambodia and formed a strong connection with the Southeast Asian nation after shooting the movie about the genocide that took place under the communist Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, in which around 1.7 million Cambodians died from starvation, disease and execution.
Asked what inspired the film during an appearance she said: “This country means a great deal to me, this country has been through so much. This war affected every single individual here, and I wanted to understand myself. I don’t know much of Maddox’s birth parents, but I believe they would have gone through this war.”