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Angelina Jolie Says Acting Is "Going to Take More of a Backseat" (VIDEOS)

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by Ryan Lattanzio
May 9, 2014 1:29 PM
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Angelina Jolie at the London premiere of 'Maleficent'
Angelina Jolie at the London premiere of 'Maleficent'

Angelina Jolie's got a lot on her plate these days. With Disney's dark fairytale "Maleficent" coming out May 30 and her next directorial effort "Unbroken" currently in post, save a voiceover or two, she hasn't had much time for new screen roles of late.

But that's because, as revealed in a recent interview with The Guardian, Jolie plans to put acting on the back burner while she commits to her aid work, and to directing. Here's what she had to say at a recent press conference promoting "Maleficent":

I've had a wonderful career and I'm happy to have had all those opportunities to tell stories and work for as long as I have... But I'm able to be selective and I would like to focus more on writing and directing; and above all I would like to focus more on my work with the UN and with PSVI [the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative].

No complaints here. She has long been a humanitarian, is now a special envoy to the UN and champion for the fight against sexual violence, and has previously directed two films including the quite-compelling "In the Land of Blood and Honey" in 2011, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. "Salt 2" is in the works, but Jolie's passion seems, more and more, to lie behind the camera.

Angelina Jolie's third film as a director, "Unbroken," is a labor-of-love, a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Check out a spirited preview for the film, which aired during the 2014 Sochi Olympics TV broadcast, below.

The film boasts a stellar roster of collaborators, from DP Roger Deakins to screenwriters the Coens, William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese, who passed around this screenplay adaptation of a book by Lauren Hillenbrand like a hot potato.

Also check out first images from the film, which shot in Australia, Queensland and New Zealand, here. Universal is eyeing a Christmas Day release for "Unbroken." 

In the meantime, trailer for "Maleficent" is below as well. Disney's film just premiered at Kensington Palace in London, where stars Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley and Lesley Manville walked the blue carpet in full-on fairytale regalia. Check out a slideshow of the event here.

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