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Casting Watch: Angelina Jolie May Play Her Late Mother, Actress and Charity Founder Marcheline Bertrand, in Biopic

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2013 at 3:34PM

Following last week's news that Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy to drastically lower her likelihood of breast cancer, it has been announced that Jolie will play her mother, actress and charity founder Marcheline Bertrand, in a biopic based on her life. Bertrand died in 2007 at age 56 to cancer, and Jolie sites the traumatic loss of her mother as a reason behind her recent medical procedure.
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Following last week's news that Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy to drastically lower her likelihood of developing breast cancer, Brit tabloid The Daily Mail has reported that Jolie will play her mother actress and charity founder Marcheline Bertrand, in a biopic based on her life. Bertrand died in 2007 at age 56 to cancer, and Jolie sites the traumatic loss of her mother as a reason behind her recent medical procedure. 

No further details on the project at the moment, but if true, The Mail reports that it could go into production in 2014.

In the upcoming pipeline, Jolie has Disney's "Maleficent" in 2014, in which she plays the title role of the nefarious evil witch originated in 1959's animated "Sleeping Beauty." In costume and makeup, Jolie is a ringer for the part

"Salt 2" has been announced, in which Jolie also plays the eponymous lead, and a "Kung Fu Panda 3" is in the works, with Jolie voicing the slinky feline character Tigress.

In 2012, Jolie's directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.