Angelina Jolie season is officially upon us. After an extended hiatus from the big screen—her last starring role was in the 2015 marriage-in-crisis drama, By the Sea—the actress seems poised to reclaim her title as one of our most captivating movie stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jolie has signed on to star in The Kept, an upcoming adaptation of James Scott’s 2014 novel.
Set in 1987, the frontier-revenge thriller centers on Jolie’s character, Elspeth Howell, whose life is turned upside down after a trio of killers murder her husband and four sons. After learning that her 12-year-old son Caleb survived the attack, the duo venture out into the unforgiving wilderness in search of the perpetrators.
While the film has yet to nab a director, Jolie has proved herself more than capable behind the camera, as evidenced by her latest directorial effort, First They Killed My Father. If she does decide to direct, it will mark the first time that she pulls double duty. But for now, it seems as though Jolie is content being in front of the camera.
While it may be a while before The Kept hits theaters, we'll hopefully see Jolie on the big screen sooner rather than later. First, she's set to appear in the Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland mash-up prequel, Come Away, alongside David Oyelowo. She also just wrapped work on Maleficent 2, which is slated to hit theaters in 2020.
This is all very good news, especially after Jolie said that she was planning on retiring from acting altogether. “I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” Jolie said in an interview with Du Jour magazine in 2014. “I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.”
Sure, the prospect of Jolie writing and directing more is exciting, but so is the news that we’ll get to see her act again. The more Angelina Jolie in our lives, the better.