Angelina Jolie Hints She Might Retire Soon

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Maleficent is dominating the box office, but Angelina Jolie sounds as if she’s already planning her Hollywood exit.

While promoting the film in the U.K., Jolie stopped by the BBC and confirmed that she’d been involved in talks about bringing Cleopatra back to the big screen. “There’s been lots of different ideas of directors and lots of different discussions,” said Jolie, who would, obviously, play the Egyptian queen herself. “The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer.”

Though the project is still in the planning stages, Jolie even hinted that such an iconic role could serve as her swan song in front of the camera. Discussing the role of Cleopatra, Jolie said, “She’s complicated, it’s complicated to get this one right. I think we’re getting there. It’s getting close. I imagine the preparation for it is going to be big. It’s one of those that you think maybe that’s the one you put everything into and that’s where you end it, that’s where you finish—in a great way. What could you do beyond that one?”

At this point in her career, Jolie is almost as well known for her humanitarian work with the United Nations, where she was appointed the special envoy for the High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012, as she is for her films. The Cleopatra hint echoes a comment Jolie made during a news conference last month, when she said she planned to scale back the number of acting roles she took on, saying, “I would like to focus on writing and directing and above all I would like to focus more on my work with the U.N.”

Angelina Jolie's Career Over the Years: Her Life in Photos

Angelina Jolie played Kate "Acid Burn" Libby, a talented hacker, in the 1995 cyberpunk thriller Hackers in one of her earliest roles.United Artists
Starring opposite Denzel Washington, Jolie played a police officer named Amelia Donaghy in the 1999 thriller The Bone Collector.Universal
Jolie's critically acclaimed role as Lisa Rowe, a diagnosed sociopath, in the 1999 movie Girl, Interrupted would land her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.Columbia
Jolie rocked dreadlocks as Sara "Sway" Wayland, a talented car thief, in the 2000 blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds.Buena Vista
The prolific actress became the face of the iconic video character Lara Croft in the live action adaptation of the game Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.Paramount
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a romantic action film where a married couple of assassins are unwittingly pitted against each other, had Jolie facing off against future real life partner Brad Pitt.20th Century Fox
Angelina Jolie as the voice of Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda"
The ever-talented Jolie tried her hand at voice acting as Tigress, the leader of a pack of kung fu masters called the Furious Five, in Kung Fu Panda.DreamWorks
Angelina Jolie in "Wanted"
The perennial femme fatale plays Fox, an accomplished assassin with the ability to curve bullets, in the 2008 action thriller Wanted. Universal
In 2010, Jolie played Evelyn Salt, a CIA operative with a secret past inSalt.Columbia
Jolie's latest role has her playing the titular role in Maleficent, Disney's live-action re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty.Disney

[New York Daily News]

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