From an actress to a director, Angelina Jolie Pitt has many hats to wear. The lady of many talents is set to produce an animated film, "The Breadwinner,” an adaptation of Deborah Ellis' young adult novel of the same name.
"The Breadwinner” tells the story of a young girl named Parvana, who lives in the reign of Taliban in Afghanistan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her life comes to a standstill when her father is wrongly imprisoned. However, Parvana acts bravely and disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of her family.
“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie-Pitt said in a statement, according to the report.
“I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana,” she added.
Irish animator and filmmaker Nora Twomey will direct the film. Twomey is also a partner in Cartoon Saloon, an Irish animation studio and production company, which will take up the project.
Anita Doron, a Ukrainian/Canadian film director and screenwriter, will write the screenplay for “The Breadwinner.” Doron is best known for her work in the films, “The End of Silence” and “The Lesser Blessed.”
"The Breadwinner" will also focus on depicting the rich culture, history and natural beauty of Afghanistan. Apart from the English language, the film will also be released in Dari, one of the official languages of Afghanistan. The production of the film will begin sometime this month, and will wrap up in early 2017.
“The Breadwinner” was published by Groundwood Books in 2000, and has also bagged several awards, including the Peter Pan Prize and the Middle East Book Award. Jolie Pitt is currently busy with the shoot of the Netflix film, “First They Killed My Father,” in Cambodia.